empressissi™ is pleased to offer this rare and original Patek Philippe, a fine dress watch of the highest standards from the 50s - the 'Reference 2488 - Carré Tortue'. The "Carré-tortue" (squared turtle) derives from the Wenger-made case's aesthetical codes. In excellent original overall condition, keeping accurate time and comes with a Patek Philippe extract from the archives to complete your authenticity documentation!
The watch houses a rare 10-200 manual wind caliber, running on 18 jewels.This is a rare hi grade caliber decorated in Geneve stripes and adjusted to five positions. It is set in an original and signed PATEK PHILIPPE 18K solid yellow gold case in beautiful design which is in good proportions for a vintage watch and exhibits very minor marks on the back, possibly from past engraving. The case has a mint crystal and original signed crown.
The dial is 100% original factory made - Sterling silver with hard enamel print and applied solid gold markers with just a small ding between 11 and 12, hardly noticeable. It comes with the original set of hands.
This rare Patek Philippe watch measures 28mm side to side (excluding crown) and 35mm from top lug to bottom lug.
Attached to this watch is a brand new HIRSCH Dakota hand made quality genuine leather band in slim dark brown, 20mm wide with a generic anti-allergic buckle.
To complete your set I enclose the 'extract from the archive' documentation from Patek Philippe factory in Geneva with information regarding the watch and its origin. It is also worthy to mention that all details, as well as case and movement numbers match the item. This is offered at no extra charge and will ship separately after watch is received and confirmed for safety reasons (This documentation costs 500.00 CHF to obtain).
Vintage watches are smaller than today's standards;
To avoid the inconvenience of returns merely due to wrong size expectations, Please study the listed sizes and keep in mind that in most cases, vintage watches will be smaller than today's standards and are unlikely to fit a large wrist. For your convenience, and to better understand the proportions of vintage watches sizes, download and print a copy of our unique watch size reference PDF page.