Patek Philippe The yellow gold Dual Time ref. 2597

Year of issue: 1960
Reference number: 2597
Condition: mint
Status: available
Dealer country: Monaco
Price in EUR € On request


Extremely rare 18k yellow gold Patek Philippe ref. 2597, manufactured in 1960. The 1950’s and 1960’s were the golden age of jet flights, with travel times around the globe reduced from days to hours: for the international jet-set, airplanes became the preferred way of traveling. Patek Philippe patented Louis Cottier's “Time Zone Watch” system in 1958. The calibre 12’’’400 HS (heures sautantes or jumping hours) was an elegant and ingenious movement that allowed travellers and pilots to easily keep track of two separate time zones. Launched in 1958 Reference 2597 was the very first dual time zone wristwatch created by Patek Philippe. It was produced in two different series: the first generation model - as the present example - featured an independently adjustable hour hand.  The pushers on the left side of the case are used for advancing or setting back the hour hand in one-hour increments.  The second version, launched in 1962, featured an additional hour hand. The present yellow gold example is preserved in outstanding condition. The stunning dial features both subtle raised black enamel indexes and four yellow gold markers at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock position, creating a harmonious and captivating balance on the whole dial surface. The raised hard enamel Patek Philippe signature is perfectly intact and the subsidiary seconds is gently positioned at 6 o’clock position The large 36mm case is beautifully preserved with strong proportions, having hardly been polished. Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from Archives, it definitely represents a historical and eternally refined timepiece. Case n.: 309xxx Cal.: Manual, cal. 12-400 HS Mov.: 727xxx Diam.: 36mm Box & Papers: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives  Manufactured in: 1960


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