1944 Patek Philippe Vintage Mens Watch, Ref. 1543, 18K Gold - Less Than 30 Known To Exist

Patek Philippe

Item No. 5586SH

Today's offering showcases this very rare and pleasing full size Patek Philippe mens watch.

With its understated silver face and timeless case with long claw style lugs, it showcases a classic and very elegant vintage style.

It is equipped with an illustrious Patek Philippe caliber 12-120 movement, unquestionably among the finest hand-winding movements ever built, and the watch that powered many of the early desirable handwound Pateks like the original ref. 96 Calatrava.

It measures 35.5mm in diameter and its lugs make it wear even a little larger than that.

The 1543 is a very rare reference. The Ref. 1543 was launched in 1942 in yellow gold and in pink gold and was still listed as being in production as late as 1950. According to a 2012 Sotheby's listing, less than 30 examples in yellow gold are known to exist.

The parts all original down to all hands and the crown. Its 18K yellow gold case is better than near mint with clear hallmarks. The silver mixed baton and Arabic dial has been previously restored but retains its raised hard enamel long signature.

It has been freshly cleaned and oiled and is keeping very accurate time.

Accompanying the watch is an Extract from the Patek Archives.

Included with the purchase is a one-year C.O.T. warranty on the movement and its function and a new timing certificate attesting to its authenticity.

  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
  • Country of origin: Switzerland
  • Year built: 1944 - sold in 1945.
  • Serial no.: 926,196
  • Model: Ref. 1543
  • Functions: Hours, Minutes, Subsidiary Seconds
  • Designed for: Men
  • Case material: 18K yellow gold
  • Case markings (inside): Patek Phillipe, Geneve, 18K, 636,211, Personalization
  • Case condition: Near mint with light signs of polishing and light wear to the back. Hallmarks still crisp.
  • Dimensions: 35mm wide (excluding crown - 37mm including) by 42.5mm long lug tip-to-tip 
  • Dial: Silver, black painted baton and Arabic indices, signed Patek Philippe, previously restored but retains its raised hard enamel long signature
  • Hands: Original, gold "batons"
  • Movement type: Extremely high grade, cal. 12’’’-120, rhodium-plated, “fausses côtes” decoration, 18 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, cut bimetallic compensation balance, blued steel Breguet balance spring, swan-neck micrometer regulator
  • Movement markings: Patek Philippe & Co., Geneve
  • Band: Crocodile, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn with unsigned gold tone buckle
  • Crystal: Acrylic, excellent condition
  • Serviced: Yes, freshly cleaned and oiled.
  • Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an experienced team of watchmakers both of whom each have over forty years of experience and a large number of parts.
  • Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Patek Archive Extract; Connoisseur of Time new timing certificate
  • Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee

We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee for all of our watches. If you are in any way unsatisfied with the watch we will fully refund the purchase price anytime within 7 days after the watch has been received. Our goal is to exceed our client's expectations throughout the buying experience.

All watches are packaged carefully and mailed double boxed in specially constructed, reinforced shipping boxes designed for high value items. All watches are sent fully insured with signature required. Most of our domestic shipping is done through FedEx. At times we will also use USPS Express Mail, and we can accommodate most requests for your preferred carrier. International shipments are sent USPS International Express Mail or FedEx.

The purchase price will be the declared value of the merchandise on any required customs forms. The payment of all customs duties, tariffs, and taxes are the responsibility of the buyer.

Also note that water resistance of vintage watches can no longer be guaranteed and is not covered under the watch's warranty. We do not recommend getting a vintage watch wet, even one that was originally designed to be waterproof.

To get an idea of how this watch will look on the wrist, please use the Watch Sizing Guide


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