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.