Patek Philippe Ref. 1579

We are extremely proud to present one of the most sought-after vintage chronographs on the market: the Patek Philippe Ref. 1579.

Patek Philippe introduced the Ref. 1579 in 1943. It was the only large (36mm) chronograph by the iconic house to be fitted with fancy lugs. These are faceted and angled, resulting in their nickname: “Spider lugs”.

Although some different dial styles exist, we can divide them in two eras: From 1943 until 1949, they featured applied Arabic numerals at twelve and six and painted baton indices in between. From 1950 until 1964 (end of production), they were fitted with the same applied numerals but with faceted square applied markers in between. Our example comes with the former, as you would expect from its 1948 production year.

This dial has remained un-touched, resulting in absolutely stunning patina. We have labelled it a “Blush dial”.

This Chronograph is powered by the Caliber 13” which is an adaptation of a Valjoux ebauche caliber.

The Ref. 1579 is rare. Very rare. It is estimated that only a few hundred were ever produced. The rarest among them are executed in platinum, steel and steel/gold two-tone. Although the yellow gold was produced in the highest volume, it is still exceedingly rare today. And due to its relatively large size, it is one of the most desirable chronographs you will find.

This magnificent Patek Philippe Ref. 1579 is now available at Amsterdam Watch Company.

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Brand Patek Philippe
Movement Hand-wound
Model Chronograph
Diameter 36 mm
Reference 1579
Bracelet/strap: Leather
Year of production (circa) 1948
Set Content Watch only
Material 18k Yellow gold
Warranty 2 year (AWCo)
Crystal Acrylic
Dial color Cream

All the way back in 1839, Franciszek Czapek and Antoni Patek founded Patek, Czapek & Cie. in Geneva. The two Polish watchmakers manufactured pocket watches until an argument drove them apart in 1845. Patek teamed up with French watchmaker Adrien Philippe and in 1851, Patek, Philippe & Cie. was officially registered and the story of arguably the finest of watch manufacturers was truly underway.

The company would amass an impressive array of firsts and records. Among which the first perpetual calendar pocket watch, first split-second chronograph wristwatch, first perpetual calendar wristwatch and for twenty-seven years they held the record for most complicated watch movement: 33 complications.

Yes, we have entered the realm of haute horology.

The house registered its Calatrava cross logo in 1887. The Calatrava would later become one of the brand’s celebrated collections and even a design template for other brands.

Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet and Vacheron Constantin form what is lovingly referred to as the Holy trinity of watchmaking. Three houses that specialized in haute horology, pushing the boundaries of mechanical watchmaking, decoration and finishing techniques.

Much like Rolex and Omega rule the everyday-watch category, the Holy trinity rules haute horology. A sentiment reflected in Patek’s motto since 1996: You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation.


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Patek Philippe




Year of production (circa)



18k Yellow gold



Dial color





36 mm



Set Content

Watch only