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Lot #1897

Patek Philippe 2424 Flame Lugs

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Introduction

Long established as one of the ‘Holy Trinity,’ Patek Philippe’s watchmaking skill is without question. While they are now famed for their incredibly impressive complications and sought-after sports watches, in the middle of the 20th century it was their dress watches that were their most popular offerings with collections like the Calatrava earning Patek their distinguished place in modern luxury watchmaking. Similar to the Calatrava, Patek have also produced several other simple dress watches, much like this ref. 2424 that we have here. Launched around the 1950s, the ref. 2424 features a square case made of 18kt yellow gold that was distinctly large for its time, with a 30.5mm diameter and a rather hefty 44mm lug to lug width that comes as a result of the ref. 2424’s incredibly distinctive ‘flame’ lugs that swoop out from where they meet the case and back in to a rounded point. With a gentle rounded edge along its corners, the ref. 2424 is a watch whose design seems like it would be sharp and angular, but instead is more rounded, like how dress watches typically were at the time. Featuring a simple dial, this example boasts applied indices with a running second subdial at 6 o’clock and a beautiful feuille hands that complete the look for this stunning piece of mid-century watchmaking.

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Grade

V 8.5

Status

Vetted & Approved

Included

Extract from the Archives

Est. value range

$6,000 – $12,000

The Details

Brand

Patek Philippe

Dimensions

30.5mm x 30.5mm

Model

"Flame Lugs”

Movement

Manual-wind cal. 10-200

Reference

2424

Bracelet

Leather strap

Year

1950

Condition

Very Good

Material

18kt yellow gold

Included

Watch and Extract from the Archives

Dial Color

Silver

THE DIAL

Featuring a simple silver dial, the ref. 2424 boasts applied 18kt yellow gold indices with a running second subdial at 6 o’clock and a set of beautifully aged feuille hands that complete the look for this stunning piece of mid-century watchmaking.

THE CONSTRUCTION

Distinctly large for its time, the ref. 2424 boasts a 30.5mm diameter and a rather contemporary 44mm lug-to-lug measurement that comes as a result of its distinguished "flame lugs" that make it so it wears like a much more modern timepiece.

TIMING MACHINE READOUT

This reading was taken (crown down) with a ONEOF Accuracy Boutique Edition timing machine at time of cataloging. It is provided as a courtesy only, and shall not be construed as a warranty or guarantee of any kind. Please refer to our terms and conditions of sale for more information.

Condition

Watch is in very good overall condition. Case exhibits surface wear consistent with careful use over 70 years. Soft edges on the flame lugs, with a warm patina developing on the case. The gold hallmark is sharp and visible on the backside of the upper left lug. Dial has some minor oxidation marks, as well as some wear on the edges which is generally obscured by the crystal. Watch comes on a generic leather strap and generic buckle.

Our Perspective

An excellent example of the rich diversity that came from mid-century watchmaking, it wasn't all simple round dress watches. Indeed, timepieces like this ref. 2424 were created as a way for watchmakers to showcase what they could do and just how unique their timepieces could be.

Sam Hines

Managing Director