MADE: 1949

MATERIAL: 18ct Yellow Gold

MOVEMENT: Manual Mechanical


For many, Patek Philippe is regarded as the pinnacle of watch excellence. With timepieces always crafted in limited numbers, Patek Philippe’s attention to detail and horological aptitude have granted the company acclaim the world over. Its beginnings however, were humble.

Antoine Norbert de Patek began making pocket watches in 1839 in Geneva, accompanied by his fellow Polish migrant Franciszek Czapek. The company that formed was called 'Patek, Czapek & Cie’ and enjoyed relative success but, Czapek had grown restless and desired to form his own watchmaking company.
Meanwhile, during a visit to the French Industrial Exposition Antoine Norbert de Patek met a Monsieur Adrien Philippe who on that day had earned a Gold Medal for his latest invention, a mechanism for watches which allowed them to be wound and set by means of crown rather than a key.
After Czapek and Patek went their separate ways in 1844, Adrien Philippe joined the business and in 1851 the company now known as Patek Philippe was officially established.

Patek and Philippe sought to create a company that was at the forefront of luxury watches with superior movements and quality that far surpassed that of their rivals. Their desire for success granted Patek Philippe admirers in high society and numerous awards globally for horological excellence.

First produced in 1948, the Patek Philippe Ref: 2440 is distinct in its case construction. Such highly elaborate lug designs were particularly fashionable during the late 1940’s and into the 1950’s with many brands creating highly stylised, elaborate cases inspired by the Art Deco period. Patek Philippe was no exception, seeking to create a wristwatch influenced by the current trends however, Ref: 2440 was created for such a limited period and in such low numbers that it should come to no surprise that an avid collector would wish to add such a distinct model into their collection.

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