CIRCA: 1955
CASE MATERIAL: 18k pink gold
DIAMETER: 37 mm.
BRACELET MATERIAL: 18k pink gold
BRACELET SIZE: Overall length approximately 180 mm.
DIAL: White with ruby-set hour markers and enamel painting “Portrait of the King Saudi Arabia”
FUNCTIONS: Time only
WITH: Extract from the Archives confirming the manufacture of the present watch in 1955 with enamel painting “Portrait of the King Saudi Arabia” and its subsequent sale on 28 March 1956
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Consigned by the family of the original owner, a companion of King Saud of Saudi Arabia - The present Patek Philippe is a dream to collectors of vintage Patek Philippe. Adding to the rarity of the watch, the present ref. 2481 has highly attractive provenance. The watch was presented as token of appreciation by the King during the wedding of the original owner. Fresh to the market, the watch has been carefully cherished throughout the years by the family.

In 1953 watchmaker Abdul Rahman Serour of red Sea trading (Patek Philippe’s Saudi Arabian agent) ordered a series of 150 watches with a special dial with Ruby indexes and featuring the portrait of King Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in commemoration of his accession in the throne in 1953. The watches were delivered most likely on behalf of the court.

Reference 2481
Reference 2481 was introduced into the market in 1950 and was one of the largest wristwatches ever made by Patek Philippe. The model was available with the standard silvered dial but was also with a cloisonné enamel version, depicting portraits of famous personalities, geographic maps. In total 1’000 ref. 2481 were produced, from which 650 in yellow gold, 350 in pink gold. Until today only one in platinum is known form the market.

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