May 9, 2016
The Perpetual Chronograph by Patek Philippe, reference 1518 was introduced in the 1940s. The one pictured here is a later version from the 1950s with the Patek Philippe only signature on the dial. This watch is in mint condition with a very strong case and well pronounced hallmark.
The dial is original and in excellent condition with the original hard enamel writing completely intact. It is rare to find a Patek 1518 dial in such nice condition because the watch has a snap back case which typically allows moisture to get and tarnish the dials.
There were a total of 281 Patek Philippe reference 1518 models produced between 1941 and 1952. A limited number of the reference 1518's were produced due to the complex manufacturing process of a perpetual moonphase chronograph at the time.
The Patek Philippe reference 1518 is one of my favorite perpetual calendars produced due to the simplicity of the case, the complication and beauty of the dial.
This rare Patek 1518 watch is for sale only at Matthew Bain, Inc.