Ultra-rare Patek to be auctioned at Bonhams NY


Bonhams is set to auction an ultra-rare 18ct gold Patek Philippe reference 2499 timepiece next week, during a fine wristwatch and clock auction to be held simultaneously in New York, Los Angeles and San Fransisco.

The reference 2499 watch – said to be one of the most sought after Patek Philippe models – is dubbed a “stellar example” of the calibre of watches on offer at the December sale, with estimates from $250,000 to $350,000 (£155,000 to £220,000).

It is an 18ct gold chronograph wristwatch with registers, perpetual calendar and moon phases, is said to be “in splendid condition” and represents the height of complexity achieved by wristwatch makers in the 1950s.

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The auction will also feature a wide variety of rare timepieces, including vintage pocket watches and wristwatches by Cartier, Vacheron Constantin, and Patek Philippe, fine handmade complicated wristwatches by watchmakers Beat Haldimann and Kari Voutilainen, a selection of vintage and modern Rolex chronographs and an unusual selection of hand painted enamel wristwatches by Roger Dubuis and Patek Philippe.

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