Patek Philippe is acknowledged as the no.1 brand in the watch industry and all its classic watches and antics are bid in a high prize in many auctions. One of them is the 2499 with perpetual calendar and chronograph. It almost become the representative of Patek Philippe’s watches.
The predecessor of 2499 was the 1518 which was born in1941 and which was equipped with perpetual calendar and two complicate functions. What worth mentioning is the 1518 special edition which was produced in 1943 and was in auction in 2010. It is bigger than 1518 and the round case is stronger than 1518. From 1941 to 1954 a total number 281 Patek Philippe 1518 were produced and a majority of them were golden edition, rare are rose gold. It is said that there are four stainless steel edition due to the scarcity of precious metal in the world war two. 1518 has a long history and is also rare, but it is not for today’s taste as it seems to be smaller than 2499.
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2499 has the same movement that you can see on 158—the Calibre 13. Upon the old one 2499 is 2 mm bigger than the 1518, and got more accustomed to today’s tastes. The bigger size makes a clear layout on the dial. From 1950 to 1985, only 349 Patek Philippe 2499 were produced and one of them was owned by Patek Philippe.
Valjoux movement on the 2499 and 1518 was of production in 1974, but it took 11 years to place all the Valijout movements on watches. What’s more, the Patek Philippe 5004 was created after inspiring by the 3970series. The combination of perpetual calendar and chronograph, after five times changes, will remain its particular charming features. At present, 5270 gains a lot of popularity in the market.