Recently overhauled in the workshops of Patek Philippe and still retaining the International Customer Service tag and protective sticker to the back the present watch is preserved in very overall condition. Its rarity is further enhanced by the black dial, confirmed by the Extract from the Archives.
Reference 96 is undeniably Patek Philippe's most legendary design. Introduced in 1932, its timeless case proportions are as modern today, over 70 years later, as they were at the time of its creation. Incorporating elements of Bauhaus, late Art Deco and modernism, it is the perfect 1930s effigy. Amongst connoisseurs, reference 96 is better known as Calatrava, a name which stands for avant-garde philosophy thanks to its subtle, elegant lines - clearly Patek Philippe's signature piece.
Reference 96 is illustrated in Patek Philippe Museum - Patek Philippe Watches Volume II, pp. 329-335.