Patek Philippe wristwatch ref. 1491, “independent second”. A fine and rare 18K yellow gold wristwatch with cream dial, gold indexes and scroll lugs. Original, very high indelebile dial, with very small sign at 10 o’clock..
Signed Patek Philippe, Genève, ref. 1491, movement no. 864.996, case no.645.191, manufactured in 1947 and sold 21 December 1948.
Cal. 12-120SC mechanical movement, independent central second, cream dial, applied gold baton indexes, gold dauphine hands, minute divisions scale, subsidiary dial for constant seconds, circular case, scroll lugs, snap on back, 18K gold Patek Philippe buckle.
Buckle, case, dial and movement signed
Diameter: 44mm x 34mm
With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production date and fitted black presentation box stamped Patek, Philippe Genève.
1 year warranty in Laboratorio Fulvio PISA in Milan + Atelier Tempus certificate.
Reference 1491 was launched in 1940 and made in two versions, the first series with calibre 12”’120 and subsidiary seconds, the second as of 1943 with calibre 12 SC movement and sweep centre seconds. The model is distinguished by its highly decorative scroll lugs, demonstrating Patek Philippe avant-garde spirit by using varying shapes and forms, breaking away from the straight-forward circular shape with plain lugs. Inspiration from architecture, geometry and history created a new graciousness of form with rounded corners, stepped and triple-stepped forms and other elements, like scrolls.