Patek Philippe 2488
- Condition: Good
- Model: 2488
- Movement: Manual Wind
- Strap Length: Adjustable
- Scope: Watch Only
- Year: c.1950
- Case Width: 28mm
- Listing ID: SD013215
Submit your watch
This Patek Philippe is estimated to be from the late 40s / early 50s, and is rendered in 18ct gold. The dial has some speckling and the glass has some light scratches as shown clearly in photos. The case has light wear throughout and is engraved with the letters W.M.C. on the back. The edge of the movement is marked with the serial matching the case back, a beautiful touch of early Pateks.
The watch is presented on one of our straps, produced by Molequin.
To many, Patek Philippe is the epitome of the high-end watchmaker. Throughout its nearly two centuries' of existence, it has weathered everything from the World Wars to the Quartz Crisis of the 1980s. Even today, it's widely acknowledged to be amongst the most successful and prestigious watchmakers, with its creations gracing wrists of everyone from bankers and politicians to rappers and actors.
Patek Philippe began its life as Patek, Czapek & Cie. in 1839 and made its name by making some of the most accurate watch movements. By the turn of the century, Patek was venturing into the realm of high complications, including split-seconds chronographs, perpetual calendars, and minute repeaters. The latter made it into wristwatch-form in 1924 as a piece unique for Ralph Teetor, the inventor of the cruise control function.
In 1932, the company ownership changed hands to the Stern family, who still run Patek Philippe. In that same year, the Calatrava wristwatch was introduced. By the 1970s, seeing the damage which the Quartz Crisis had done to the industry, Patek Philippe decided to introduce a bold new steel watch. Thus, the Nautilus was born.
Since then, the company has gone from strength to strength, solidifying its reputation as one of the finest Swiss watchmakers. From the highly-desirable stainless steel sports watches, to the famed high complications, down to the 'humble' Calatrava, Patek Philippe proves that it can do it all.
All Shipments Fully Insured
12 Month Warranty
Don't miss out on new watches dropping every Friday 10am GMT 🔥