Information

  • Brand: Patek Philippe
  • Made: 1953
  • Model: Marilyn Monroe
  • Reference: 2442
  • Calibre: 9'''90
  • Movement: Manual
  • Material: 18ct yellow gold
  • Features/complications: Flared lugs
  • Dial: Rose gold dial with black printed outer Tachymetric scale and minute track with strokes 1/5 second featuring applied 18ct rose gold mirror polished hour indices with Roman numeral indices at 12 and 6 o'clock, subsidiary seconds at 9 o’clock, 30 minute register at 3 o’clock with gold pencil style hands and blued central chronograph hand
  • Case dimensions: 26 x 43mm
  • Bracelet/strap: Leather strap
  • Accessories: Extract from the Archives
  • SKU: 3066

Essay

First launched in 1948, reference 2442 is playfully dubbed "Marilyn Monroe" due to its curved and voluptuous case shape. During the post-war period, Patek Philippe made many strides in the field of watch design. Showcasing their creative and innovative abilities, the firm created some of the most unconventional and striking watches of the period. Cases took on daring new shapes. While some featured asymmetric case designs such as the celebrated Gilbert Albert watches, others featured flared or teardrop lugs, which was a clear departure from the clean and smooth lines of the Calatrava wristwatch. 

Reference 2442 most notably features curved and flared lugs, its 42.5 millimetre case sits incredibly well and gives a lot of presence on the wrist. The reference was cased mostly in yellow gold, like the present watch. It was also manufactured in pink gold and platinum. According to research, only 49 yellow gold examples have appeared on the market thus far, and this is the second known yellow gold example with a pink dial. 

The present watch is preserved in attractive condition, with smooth and strong lines, the beautiful champagne dial furthermore featuring a strong hard enamel signature. It is one of only two known yellow gold examples to feature the present dial configuration.

Made in 18ct yellow gold, rose gold and platinum only - very limited production series