Not often one runs into the legendary Patek Philippe Calatrava ref. 2526 replica watch and even less often, you run into a reference 2526 with a dial signed for Swiss retailer Gübelin —one of the oldest retailers in Switzerland founded in 1854.
The example we have here is one of the most complete examples of a vintage Patek Philippe ref. 2526 we’ve ever seen; accompanied by the original booklets, original certificate, original box and even the sales invoice, this is as rare as it gets. Furthermore, the watch sports one of the most rare —non Gay Frères— original Patek Philippe bracelets in matching 18K yellow gold.
Fitted with a very generous case for the era measuring 36 mm in diameter and a gorgeous white enamel dial with applied cabochon minute track, raised 18K yellow gold hour batons and dauphine hands, this Patek Philippe ref. 2526 is simply stunning and one that many collectors dream to own including us.
The mens fake Patek Philippe Calatrava ref. 2526 watch was the first automatic wristwatch launched by Patek and introduced to the market in 1953. Fitted with the Patek Philippe 30-jewel automatic calibre 12-600 AT —Patek’s first automatic movement— it is by many considered to be the most beautiful automatic movement made by any watch company and one that remains hidden under the solid case back of the reference 2526.
Still equipped with its original Patek Philippe 18K gold bracelet —Patek Philippe offered nine different bracelets for this reference back then and some of them were made by Gay Frères—, this is an example that one can spend decades trying to find. With a link design that is quite hard to describe and with no name given by watch scholars yet, every time we see this bracelet all we can think of is‘fideuà’ —a Spaniard dish similar to paella but with fideo noodles. In all this is the most unique bracelet from Patek Philippe we’ve ever seen and one that has clearly passed the test of time after more than half a century.
Predominantly produced in 18K yellow gold and with less than 600 pieces ever made across all metals, only a small batch was produced in 18K rose gold and in 18K white gold and only a handful of examples in platinum, the Patek Philippe ref. 2526 remains a rare bird and one of the most difficult references to acquire amongst rose gold Patek Philippe ref. 2526 copy watch collectors if you are looking for one in pristine condition.