With Patek Philippe Certificat d'Origine stamped by the Salons Patek Philippe de Genève and dated 30 June 2004, second solid case back, fitted burgundy leather presentation box with winding facility and outer packaging. Furthermore delivered with the Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 2002 and its subsequent sale on 30 June 2004.
Completed in 2002, this watch is one of the last examples of the reference 5050 ever to leave the Patek Philippe workshops and among the last to be sold directly from the boutique in 2004. Consigned by the original owner it is fresh to the market and preseved in very good original overall condition. The gold case has attained the deep, rich even patina so highly prized by collectors.
Reference 5050, Patek Philippe's first perpetual calendar wristwatch featuring a retrograde date made in series, was introduced at the Basel Fair in 1993, cased in yellow gold only. As of 1995, it was also available in pink gold, white gold and platinum but still exclusively with the silvered dial, applied Roman numerals, aperture for the moon phases, the very first examples with outer railway minute divisions. Following substantial demand from clients, Patek Philippe introduced a second version featuring applied baton indexes, a modified moon phases display now in form of a circular subsidiary dial, outer beady minute divisions and the addition of the designation "Automatic". Discontinued in 2002, reference 5050 is today a highly sought after collector's watch, a modern classic enjoying popularity both amongst scholars and aficionados for day to day wear.
Reference 5050 is illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second edition, p. 296.