Wednesday, May 11, 2011

My dream watches: Patek

My first encounter with Patek watch was with my Sifu, Mr. TK Lee who first showed me the Patek jump hour in the early 1990s. As I have just graduated, I could not afford these nice Patek watches.

I have 4 dream watches: vintage Rolex moon phase, Patek Philippe ref 2552 and 3433 and 3445

1. Patek ref 2552

For those of you who are unfamiliar with this reference, it has been affectionately coined the "Disco Volente; flying saucer, due to it's beautiful stepped case. It has the quintessential patek dial lay-out; dauphine hands, faceted hour markers, and sub-second track.. The case size is approx. 35-36mm. In addition, the watch is equipped with one of the most beautiful Patek movements ever made the 12-600AT. This movement is lavishly constructed with no expense sparred; magnificent guilloched rotor, beautifully finished swan neck regulator, Gyromax, with breguet overcoil. The 12-600AT is truly a horological piece of art with a very nice solid gold rotating wheel.

According to pp records, only 7'100 movements cal. 12'''-600 AT have been made from 1953 to circa 1959 and were mounted in wristwatches bearing the references 2526, 2540, 2551, 2552, 2583, 2584, 2585, 3403, 3415, and 3425.

此款機芯是百達翡麗第一代自動上鍊機芯、它的特點是能穩定的自動上鍊不易損壞經久耐用、是Patek Philippe百達翡麗經典具代表性自動上鍊古董錶機芯、特別訂做18K金旋轉式防水底蓋並裝有弧形藍寶石水晶玻璃、18K金帶扣、手工製龍頭、錶殼.面盤及錶肉均有簽名.

2. Patek 3433

From 1959, Ref. 3415, 3425, 3428, 3429, 3433, 3443, 3435, 3438, 3439, 3440, 3441, 3444 and 3454 were equipped with the second generation auto movements cal. 27-460 as well.Cal. 27-460 became the movement which was used for all automatic wristwatches and 27-460 Q for perpetual calendar wristwatches with automatic winding.Circa 1960, Ref. 2526 was equipped with cal 27-460, the latest automatic movement by Patek Philippe at the time and became the Ref. 3428.

3. 3445 is the watch with date using the caliber 27-460 as well.

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santiago said...
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santiago said...

Hi good afternoon from Barcelona, Spain!
If you want I have one Patek Philippe ref 3433 in mint condition with original Patek Philippe solid gold bracelet( Model "D Lise" Gay Freres)
If you are interested I will send you some pictures.
My email address is:
Many thanks.