In 1941, during the turmoil of World War II, a small but momentous event took place in Basel Switzerland, which forever changed Swiss watch manufacturing. It was at the Swiss Watch Fair Basel (today Baselworld), that Patek Philippe introduced what was a revolutionary wristwatch – the reference 1518. It was the first perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch ever produced by any brand in series, and in those uncertain times, demonstrated the brand’s remarkable courage. Now considered an important milestone wristwatch in horological history, the reference 1518 set the course for Patek Philippe’s dominance in the world of high end Swiss watchmaking. So ahead of its time was its design, Patek Philippe continued to use its timeless aesthetic as the foundation for a long line of successful and highly sought after complicated wristwatches, including the references 2499, 3970, 5970, and even today’s 5270. This revolutionary model is a must-have for any serious collector of vintage Patek Philippe watches, and ticks all the boxes that collectors seek in a legendary vintage watch. With only four known in stainless steel, the majority of 1518s were encased in yellow gold, and only a small number cased in pink gold, making the present watch exceedingly rare.
Case/Bracelet: The case is beautiful and in our view, has received in its past at most one polishing, with a satin finish applied to the center of the case by Patek Philippe. The case proportions are strong with thick lugs, and is well balanced. The lug hallmark is strong and crisp, as is the case hallmark. The caseback had a monogram removed and was properly refinished to restore the circular graining at its center. Dial: The dial is gorgeous - clean and original. It most likely received a sympathetic cleaning in its past, as the accent on the E in Geneva is slightly faded. Movement: The movement and chronograph are running. The day/moon correctors function, and the day/date change when passing midnight.
<a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">Paul Boutros</a><br> Head of Watches, Americas<br> +1 212 940 1293<br> <a href="mailto:email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org</a>
<p>Since its founding in 1839, this famous Geneva-based firm has been surprising its clientele with superbly crafted timepieces fitted with watchmaking's most prestigious complications. Traditional and conservative designs are found across Patek Philippe's watches made throughout their history — the utmost in understated elegance.</p><p>Well-known for the Graves Supercomplication — a highly complicated pocket watch that was the world’s most complicated watch for 50 years — this family-owned brand has earned a reputation of excellence around the world. Patek's complicated vintage watches hold the highest number of world records for results achieved at auction compared with any other brand. For collectors, key models include the reference 1518, the world's first serially produced perpetual calendar chronograph, and its successor, the reference 2499. Other famous models include perpetual calendars such as the ref. 1526, ref. 3448 and 3450, chronographs such as the reference 130, 530 and 1463, as well as reference 1436 and 1563 split seconds chronographs. Patek is also well-known for their classically styled, time-only "Calatrava" dress watches, and the "Nautilus," an iconic luxury sports watch first introduced in 1976 as the reference 3700 that is still in production today.</p>