• Important Watches auction at Christies

    Sale 2610

    Important Watches

    14 December 2012, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 135

    Patek Philippe. An Extremely Rare and Attractive Stainless Steel and Pink Gold Wristwatch with Black Dial


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    Patek Philippe. An Extremely Rare and Attractive Stainless Steel and Pink Gold Wristwatch with Black Dial
    Signed Patek Philippe, Geneve, Retailed by Eberhard Milan, Calatrava Model, Ref. 570, Movement No. 922'725, Case No. 507'382, Manufactured in 1942
    Cal. 12"'120 mechanical jewelled movement, black gloss dial, applied pink gold baton numerals, subsidiary seconds, large circular stainless steel case, pink gold bezel and crown, downturned lugs, snap on case back, stainless steel Patek Philippe buckle, case, dial and movement signed by maker, dial signed by retailer
    36.5mm diam.

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    With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in steel and pink gold with black dial in 1942 and its subsequent sale on Feburary 13th of the following year.

    To the best of our knowledge this watch has never before been offered in public.

    For nearly three quarters of a century, Patek Philippe's signature Calatrava design was the purest and most timeless wristwatch in production, and over the course of time, numerous case and dial versions have been produced. The original version, reference 96, is considered by many the single best known wristwatch model ever made by Patek Philippe. A few years after its introduction in the 1930's, reference 96 was given a larger case version, a "bigger brother", now no longer just 30mm in diameter, but a substantial 36mm in size. This "large Calatrava" came in two variants, reference 530, with a concave bezel, and reference 570, with a flat, cylindrical, bezel.

    The present reference 570 reunites so many exclusive elements that its list of desirable features is truly remarkable. Not only does it impress its beholder with the flamboyant steel and pink gold case material combination, but it is furthermore a spectacular specimen as it features a superb black lacquer dial. This striking appearance is rounded up with the attractive retailer's signature, Eberhard Milan, one of Patek Philippe's most distinguished European retailers at the time. This impressive list of sought-after details is enhanced by its superb original and unmolested condition, on top of the fact that Patek Philippe's archives confirm that this watch was indeed made exactly in this constellation. To the best of our knowledge, the present watch is the only one known with this dial combination and furthermore, with a retailer's name on the dial.

    "Time only" wristwatches by Patek Philippe uniting so many rare and unusual features are exceedingly rare, and the present reference 570 must be considered one of the most beautiful and consequently sought-after vintage Calatravas to come to the market in a long time.

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