An extremely fine and rare stainless steel manual-winding wristwatch ref.1503 with two tone dial and arabic numerals.
Patek Philippe’s large reference 1503 wristwatch is one of the firm’s most charismatic vintage time only models, characterized by their stunning teardrop lugs. Produced during the 1940s, their 35mm case diameter was decidedly bigger than other timepieces from the period, and at the same time, more rare considering they were only produced in stainless steel or stainless steel and gold. Several configurations of the reference 1503 are known, including models in stainless steel with gold tear drop lugs, models with an all stainless steel case and black dial, and like the present watch, with a lovely silvered two-tone dial and multiple finishes. An extraordinary and famous 1503 that elevated the importance of the reference, is a stainless steel example originally owned by the Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal, which was fitted with a stunning black dial with Breguet numerals.
The present watch is the second 1503 with two tone dial with full Arabic numerals known to date, the dial of the present watch is a work of art, with three separate textured zones: an outer ring with satin finish, an inner ring with a matte finish, and a circular ring with mirror finish between the two. The original dial is nicely aged and enhanced by the presence of the highly sought after comma between the words “Patek” and “Philippe”, as well as the accent on the word “Genève”, lending credence to its overall originality. The stainless steel case is in excellent condition with well-defined teardrop lugs. Demanding collectors will appreciate the present wristwatch for its modern size, stunning charisma, and unparalleled attractiveness. This is a wonderful, classic example of a stainless steel Patek Philippe featuring a unique dial, and a must have for any collection.