The reference 1518 is one of the most iconic vintage chronographs ever produced by Patek Philippe. First introduced in 1941, the reference 1518 made its mark as the first perpetual calendar chronograph ever produced (and I mean ever). It was only made in 281 examples in yellow gold, rose gold, and stainless steel, which further confirms its rarity. In modern years, it has risen to the top as one of the most collectible vintage Patek Philippe watchesmaking landmark auction results, such as a stainless steel example selling for over CHF 11 million at Phillips in November 2016.
We are here to tell you that the yellow gold reference 1518 pictured here has been stolen from the Davidoff Brothers in Geneva. The watch in question was produced in 1950 and originally sold in 1954. It bears the case number 668.376 and movement number 868.015. The case is in yellow gold and features the characteristic rectangular chronograph buttons with applied Arabic numerals. We hope that you keep a look out for this rare watch, and we urge everyone to help spread the word to ensure its safe return.