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Patek Philippe 1579J Chronograph Oversized Large Watch, circa 1951

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Rare Patek 1579J manual wind chronograph, made in 1951 and sold in 1952. This example has not been polished with orange yellow gold patina to the gold. Hallmarks are original and deep. The dial is original and has not been cleaned or refinished. The watch has been serviced in 2016 and comes with a 1 year warranty. The known History that was mentioned from the seller is that it was in a bank safe since 1995. Essay: 1579's: They were made between 1943 to 1964 approximately 21 years. They made a approximate production of 470 pieces in yellow, rose, steel and platinum. In yellow gold the production is 250 pieces total. Bio: 1579: Collectors of vintage Patek Philippe chronographs are most familiar with the firm’s landmark references: 130, 533, 591, 1463, 530 and 1579. The latter takes a somewhat unique position in this family, as it is the only model featuring fanciful "Spider" lugs in the shape of briolette diamonds. Thanks to these unusual faceted lugs, the reference 1579 is also referred to as the “spider” lug chronograph, and features one of the most impressive case designs from the mid-20th century. Released in 1943 at Basel and in production until 1964, the 36mm diameter Wenger case with faceted downturned lugs and rectangular chronograph buttons has an unconventional look that remains sophisticated with an elegant appeal. The Valjoux ébauche was finished to the highest standards at Patek Philippe’s workshop and today it is known as the caliber 13''', one of the finest manual chronograph movements of its era. The dial is stunning, with its raised hard enamel printing perfectly preserved, and while the timepiece was manufactured in 1951, the watch was sold in 1952 with the short brand signature, as one would expect for the period. The reference was made with two different series of Stern Frères-fabricated dials: • 1st series from 1943 to 1949: Arabic and baton numerals, baton or feuille hands. • 2nd series from 1950 to 1964: Arabic and square numerals, feuille hands such as the present watch

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