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    Patek Philippe, Exceptional and Very Early Ref. 2526, 18k Yellow Gold, 1st Series Enamel Dial, Circa 1952
    Case: 35.5mm 18k yellow gold, heavy screw back, 35 mm, rounded bezel, concave lugs, gold double "P" original crown #674916
    Dial: ivory enamel, applied gold baton indexes, subsidiary seconds, yellow gold Dauphine hands, gold lettering and gold minute dots
    Movement: No. 760,006, caliber 12'''600, self-winding, 18k gold engine turned rotor, 30 jewels, adjusted to heat, cold, isochronism and five positions, stamped with the Seal of Geneva quality mark, self compensating Breguet balance spring, shock absorber, swan's neck regulator, straight line lever escapement
    Band: leather, Patek Philippe original 18k gold buckle
    Signed: Patek Philippe signed dial, case movement and buckle

    This timepiece is accompanied by its Extract from the Archives, which shows the date of manufacture as 1952, with date of sale July 13th, 1956

    The very first Ref 2526 was delivered in July 1953, and is Patek Philippe's first self-winding wristwatch, which was made in 4 distinct series. At its heart is the legendary and innovative caliber 12-600 AT self-winding movement, made for only 8 years (Swiss patent No. 289758). With its unique architecture, finishing, and 18k gold engine turned and PP engraved rotor, it is often considered the most important and beautiful time-only movement in Patek Philippe's manufacturing history.

    The first series Ref 2526 is distinguished by its ivory/eggshell twice-baked enamel dial and gold indices set into the enamel using pins or feet. The first ever Ref 2526 was a special order for the legendary Texan watch collector and lawyer J.B Champion Jr and wore the movement number 760,000 with its extract showing it was made the year prior, 1952. This current watch was also made in 1952 (meaning it was made prior to the issuing of the movements Swiss patent in March 1953) and bears the movement number 760,006, making it the 7th ever produced.


    Condition Report*: Type: Patek Philippe, Exceptional and Very Early Ref. 2526, 18k Yellow Gold, 1st Series Enamel Dial, Circa 1952
    Model: Ref. 2526
    Dial: enamel, gold signature, gold minute dots
    Hands: gold Dauphine hands
    Metal: 18K Yellow Gold
    Case: #674916
    Case Info: two body, screw down back
    Case Width: 35.5mm
    Crystal: acrylic
    Watch Movement: No. 760,006, caliber 12'''600, self-winding, 18k gold engine turned rotor, 30 jewels, adjusted to heat, cold, isochronism and five positions, stamped with the Seal of Geneva quality mark, self compensating Breguet balance spring, shock absorber, swan's neck regulator, straight line lever escapement
    Band: leather, Patek Philippe original 18k gold buckle
    Circa: 1952
    Condition: extremely fine condition, dial is of the very finest conditioned, with no hairlines cracks or marks visible, movement is very good, clean and bright, case is very good, a few very slight scratches on the backs of the lugs.
    *Heritage Auctions strongly encourages in-person inspection of items by the bidder. Statements by Heritage regarding the condition of objects are for guidance only and should not be relied upon as statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty, or assumption of liability by Heritage. All lots offered are sold "AS IS".

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