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Patek Philippe

1944 Patek Philippe Vintage Mens Watch, Ref. 1543, 18K Gold

SKU: 21-194599



PRISTINE Merchandise is in “like new” condition. There are no signs of wear or any other visible imperfections.  EXCELLENT Merchandise is in exceptionally good condition with very little wear. Any imperfections are described in detail.  VERY GOOD: Merchandise is in very good condition for its age. Older items may exhibit very light patina and wear relative to the age of the product, and more contemporary items will be just short of “excellent”. GOOD: Merchandise is in good condition and typically will appear mildly to moderately used. There may be some surface scratches and/or other imperfections. Older items may exhibit patina and wear related to their age. Please review the item listing for specific details regarding condition.


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Today's offering showcases this very rare and pleasing full size Patek Philippe mens watch. With its understated silver face and timeless case with long claw style lugs, it showcases a classic and very elegant vintage style. It is equipped with an illustrious Patek Philippe caliber 12-120 movement, unquestionably among the finest hand-winding movements ever built, and the watch that powered many of the early desirable handwound Pateks like the original ref. 96 Calatrava. It measures 35.5mm in diameter and its lugs make it wear even a little larger than that. The 1543 is a very rare reference. The Ref. 1543 was launched in 1942 in yellow gold and in pink gold and was still listed as being in production as late as 1950. According to a 2012 Sotheby's listing, less than 30 examples in yellow gold are known to exist. The parts all original down to all hands and the crown. Its 18K yellow gold case is better than near mint with clear hallmarks. The silver mixed baton and Arabic dial has been previously restored but retains its raised hard enamel long signature. It has been freshly cleaned and oiled and is keeping very accurate time. Accompanying the watch is an Extract from the Patek Archives.


Model: Ref. 1543

No: 926,196

Functions: Hours, Minutes, Subsidiary Seconds

Dial: Silver, black painted baton and Arabic indices, signed Patek Philippe, previously restored but retains its raised hard enamel long signature

Hands: Original, gold "batons"

Movement type: Extremely high grade, cal. 12’’’-120, rhodium-plated, “fausses côtes” decoration, 18 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, cut bimetallic compensation balance, blued steel Breguet balance spring, swan-neck micrometer regulator

Bracelet: Crocodile, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn with unsigned gold tone buckle

Crystal type: Acrylic, excellent condition

Box/Papers: PAPERS - Patek Archive Extract

Return Policy: 7 days from the day it is received

SKU: 21-194599
Accompanied by: Patek Philippe
Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
Color: Silver
Country of Origin: Switzerland
Authenticity Details: Patek Philippe
Case Dimensions (in mm): 35mm wide (excluding crown - 37mm including) by 42.5mm long lug tip-to-tip 
Primary Material: 18K Gold

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Please contact Portero Customer Care Department for a return authorization, and ship back item within 7 days of receipt. Items must be properly packaged in comparable box, and in unworn condition.