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Why We Love It
Within the horological world, there are many brands with esteemed reputations and respectability. But no one -- not even Rolex-- comes close to the stature and prestige of Patek Philippe.
If one word could encapsulate Patek Philippe's prowess as a watchmaker, it would be perfection. Patek has a way of executing simple designs in a way that is both stunning and subtle, at once understated and elegant. This absolutely pristine Reference 2431 is the embodiment of a time-only dress watch from the post war era, but is elevated by its beautiful sculptural lug design.
The solid 18k yellow gold case features 'flame' style lugs- breathtaking in photos, even more breathtaking in person. Only Patek could pull off a design so bold yet so refined. The silver satin dial is where the subtlety of the timepiece comes in. Delicate applied gold indicies and a minimalist subsidiary seconds register provide balance with the gallant yellow gold dauphine handset. Included with this special piece is an archive extract from Patek Philippe, dating production to October 13th, 1948.
As the saying goes, you never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation.
This piece just happens to have been looked after better than most.
Founded in 1839, Patek Philippe is one of the oldest watch manufacturers in the world with an uninterrupted watchmaking history. Few luxury brands in the world carry the gravitas of their name, and for good reason. The firm's commitment to excellence in horological manufacture is unflinching, and their track record of innovation in design without peer. They continue to lead the industry, and even their fiercest competitors have nothing but the utmost respect for the company.
Vintage Patek Philippe is for many the ultimate goal of timepiece collecting, and for a certain type, the only vintage timepieces they collect. Whichever way you look at it, there is no questioning the elegance of design, superlative manufacture of their movements, and that finding these characteristics on a vintage piece that also tells a story is some next level shit.
18k Yellow gold case is approximately 34mm (excluding the crown). Patek Philippe manual-winding movement. Circa 1948.
Overall Condition: The case is in excellent condition showing only the slightest signs of wear from age and use. Non-luminous satin silver dial is in excellent condition with applied gold indices and matching gold 'dauphine' handset. Unsigned crown.
Includes brown leather strap with gold pin buckle. Also includes extract confirming production 10/13/1948
Analog/Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states. We are happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
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