Patek Philippe Ref. 1513

If you like ’em rare, here is something that may be right up your alley!

Patek Philippe dress watches are usually made out of precious metals. It is only on rare occasions that you run into a steel one. To find one with a steel case and rose gold lugs is then infinitely rarer still. Yet, here it is! And isn’t it stunning?

The story of rarity continues when we look at the movement. The keen-eyed may have spotted that this specimen features a central seconds hand, while most Pateks from this age come with a sub-dial seconds hand at six o’clock. The caliber inside tells a tale of this rather new feature. The 12″ 12 caliber was Patek Philippe’s first in-house wristwatch movement. This is an adapted version from the normal sub-seconds-at-six. As you can clearly see from the movement picture, there is an out-of-place-looking part that is eerily similar to a coupling clutch found in chronograph movements. This is the part that engages the second hand when you activate the chronograph. That precise part is used here but always engaged. A clever workaround to the problem: how do we fix a seconds hand to the same central axis as the hours and minutes? If you look at later time-only calibers, you see this workaround has been omitted. Building a center-seconds caliber from the ground up allows for more elegant solutions than what you see here.

So this beautiful Ref. 1513 represents an extremely interesting part of Patek’s history. It is living proof of how watchmaking technology progressed over the decades. Add to that a very rare case and beautiful dial and you have a real winner on your hands.

Two notes:
– You may see some blue spots around the crown. This is some residue grease, used in the tube. Of course, this should not have made it to the photographs but rest assured it is of course cleaned off the exterior.
– The original Patek Philippe strap is still fitted to the watch. We opted to leave it on, expecting this watch might end up in a Patek collection. For your daily wear, we will of course include a new AWCo strap of your choice.

Are you interested in this masterpiece? It will be shown at the PAN Amsterdam art and design fair, from 20-27 November. Give us a visit and be surprised by our extremely fine curated collection of wristwatches

€ 22.900

Availability: In stock

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Details
Brand Patek Philippe
Warranty 2 year (AWCo)
Year of production (circa) 1946
Backstory

All of our vintage watches have been carefully selected for you. Each watch is meticulously inspected on condition and originality. Furthermore, our watches receive a full service by our highly skilled and qualified watchmakers before hitting the store, so you can wear your special find with confidence. A statement we back up with a 2-year warranty.

With over two decades of experience in vintage watches, we have developed an eye for great quality and great stories. Because we believe every vintage watch tells a story through its unique design, history and patina. A vintage watch is a time-traveling device in that sense. A practical item for daily use, that connects us to something bigger than ourselves at the same time. In an age of single-use goods and quick consumption, a mechanical marvel that is designed to last for generations is quite simply a fantastic thing to have in your life.

At AWCo, we are a diverse team of watch experts, each with their own niche interests and expertise. From history buffs to tech geeks and style gurus, we all approach this beautiful passion from different angles. We operate under the mantra that every vintage watch is unique and so is every client. We get a massive thrill out of helping you find that one special watch that perfectly suits your personality, style and budget. To see you staring at your wrist with a big smile on your face, is what we get out of bed for.

So if you like what you are seeing here, give us a visit, a call or a message via email or Whatsapp. We are looking forward to helping you discover whether this is the watch for you or your loved one.

Shipping
Of course it is of the utmost importance to get your purchase to your doorstep safely. Therefore, we ship all our packages insured worldwide.
We do our best to handle packages as soon as possible. This could take a max. of 3 working days. Note that the delivery times commence the day of dispatch.
Unfortunately, we cannot be held responsible for any delays caused by destination customs clearance processes, local duties and taxes, and items that are lost in transit. 
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Brand

Patek Philippe

Year of production (circa)

1946