Welcome to the inaugural edition of #VintageWatchFridays. Today’s entry is a truly exceptional, time-only Ref 1536 timepiece from Patek Philippe dating back to 1942. Don’t let it’s age fool you, however, this timeless classic is just as gorgeous now as it was when it first came to market.
Patek Philippe Ref 1536
At first glance this piece may seem too simplistic to be of any real interest but nothing could be further from the truth. The fact is this Ref 1536 with unique cone shaped lugs is one of the rarest time-only models (in any metal) ever made by Patek Philippe. A new arrival from the private collection of a highly esteemed American collector, the condition is nothing short of exceptional.
Built in 1942 and first sold in September, 1943 – right in the middle of World War II no less – the rose gold case has never been polished, despite currently celebrating its 72nd year of life. What makes this piece truly special however is its highly sought after, original rose gold case/silvery rose gold dial combination.
And what a dial it is. Never washed, never touched, it features the classic long signature “Patek, Philippe & Co” across the front along with raised gold indexes. Finishing things off is a stunning blued seconds hand, which looks absolutely spectacular in the daylight. Seriously, the photos do not do this dial justice!
Beating inside is the high-grade Cal 12-120SC movement, whilst on the outside a supple Patek Philippe leather strap completes the package. This gorgeous Ref 1536 also comes with an official extract from the Patek Philippe archives confirming its authenticity along with all other relevant paperwork.
Make It Yours
Available for sale right now from Christie’s Private Watch sales, this Patek Philippe Ref 1536 in Rose Gold can be yours for US$30,000.