In this article, we feature some classic Patek Philippe wristwatches to pair with the Men’s formal suits crafted in 1950s style. The era immediately after Second World War was witnessed re-emergence of many legendary fashion studios and bespoke tailoring houses. This era heralded many fashion trends. In Men’s formal clothing, single-breasted two-piece suits with narrower lines and less padding in the shoulders became fashionable. By the later 1950s, a new Continental style of suit became popular with its sharper shoulders, lighter fabrics, shorter, fitted jackets and narrower lapels.
Such classic style was also visible in jewellery, watches and other fashion accessories emerged in 1950s. By 1950s wrist watches were also became popular and Patek, the legendary Swiss manufacture, played a dominant role in the production of wristwatches that suited for the tastes of those classic days. Still, there are large number of people who love the fashion and style of 1950s and for those we recommend classic Patek vintage watches as ideal companions.
In the following paragraphs, we are highlighting 7 classic dress watches manufactured by Patek Philippe in 1950s – One Chronograph, three small second versions, two central seconds’ versions and finally a square model– all manual winding watches crafted in 18 carat gold.
First one is a Patek Philippe chronograph wristwatch (Ref. 1463), a manual winding timepiece that was manufactured around 1950 and signed Hausmann & Co. This exceptional vintage watch is equipped with a manual wind chronograph movement featuring 23 jewels. Dressed in an 18 carat gold case measuring 34 mm in diameter and 9 mm thickness, this classic yet little bit sporty model displays hour, minute, seconds and offer chronograph functions with tachymeter scale.
|Patek Philippe chronograph wristwatch, Ref. 1463, signed Hausmann & Co, around 1950|
The silver dial shows gold and blued hands. The watch looks fine when worn with a black leather strap and pin buckle made of 18-karat gold. This watch features anti-magnetic protection and the watch case cover and clasp are hallmarked.
The Patek Philippe Ref. 2449, which dates back to 1950, boasts a classic small seconds function. The watch case measuring 34 mm in diameter and 9 mm in height is crafted in 18 carat rose gold. Equipped with a manual wind movement calibre 12-400, this watch boasts a beige dial with gold hands and displays hour, minute and small second.
|Patek Philippe wristwatch, Ref. 2449 , around 1950|
This watch looks elegant when worn with original brown leather strap featuring pin buckle made of 18K rose gold. Watch case cover and lug are hallmarked.
The next one we recommend is Patek Philippe Ref. 2545, also a small seconds model with manual winding. Produced around 1955, this 18 carat gold watch is fitted with a manual wind movement, calibre 12-400 with 18 jewels and displays hour, minute, and subsidiary second.
|Patek Philippe wristwatch, Ref. 2545, around 1955|
Its silver dial features gold hands. The watch has a black leather strap with 18 carat pin buckle. The watch case and clasp are hallmarked. The watch case measures 33 mm in diameter and 9 mm in height.
Another example for a classic small seconds timepiece is Patek Philippe wristwatch, Ref. 2509 R. Manufactured in 1953, this watch is fitted with a manual wind movement, calibre 12”’400 with 18 jewels and displays hour, minute and subsidiary second. The silver dial shows gold hands.
|Patek Philippe wristwatch, Ref. 2509 R, 1953|
The watch case in 18 carat gold measures 35 mm in diameter and 9 mm in height. The elegance of this watch is completed when worn with a brown leather strap featuring pin buckle made of 18K rose gold. The watch case and clasp are hallmarked.
Further we have two classic central seconds models – Ref. 2481 & Ref. 2508 – Both crafted in 18 carat gold. Produced in 1956, the Patek Philippe Ref. 2481 is fitted with a manual wind movement, calibre 27 SC with 18 jewels and displays hour, minute and second. The silver dial shows gold hands.
|Patek Philippe wristwatch, Ref. 2481, 1956|
The watch case measures 37 mm in diameter and 9 mm in height. The watch looks fine when worn with a black leather strap.
The Patek Philippe wristwatch, Ref. 2508 is fitted with a manual wind movement calibre 27SC with 18 jewels and displays hour, minute and second. Produced around 1955, this 18 carat rose gold watch boasts a gold dial with gold hands.
|Patek Philippe wristwatch, Ref. 2508, around 1955|
The watch case measures 34 mm in diameter and height is 10 mm. It offers a stunning look when worn with brown leather strap featuring pin buckle made of 18 k gold. Watch case cover and clasp are hallmarked.
For those who love classic square wrist watches, we recommend Patek Philippe Ref. 2422, an 18 carat rose watch with case size 28 x 28 mm and thickness 7 mm. Manufactured in 1952, this classic watch is fitted with a manual wind movement, calibre 10-200 and displays hour, minute and subsidiary second.
|Patek Philippe wristwatch, Ref. 2422, 1952|
It boasts a silver dial with golden hands and small seconds dial at 6’o clock. It looks stunning when worn with a brown leather strap and pin buckle.
Vintage Patek Philippe watches are much sought after among collectors and watch connoisseurs. The price of each timepiece mentioned above can fetch thousands of dollars, thanks to the growing demand for exceptionally crafted Patek Philippe timepieces. The historical timepieces manufactured by the prestigious Geneva manufacture also offer excellent resale values.
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