With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with silvered dial in 1911 and its subsequent sale on 5 December 1935.
Fresh to the market and according to our research, the present "Calatrava" is one of the earliest reference 96 to be manufactured with the oldest movement number ever recorded to come up for auction thus far on this reference. It is also fitted with the very rare and unusual indirect centre seconds set up featuring one bridge and gold wheels as opposed to the common, superimposed system with stainless steel wheels.
The present watch is a particularly fine example as it combines several highly desirable features such as the attractive two-tone silvered dial and the rare indirect centre seconds movement with gold wheels. The watch is furthermore offered with its original buckle which is stamped with the same mark as the one on the inside case back - "JG&Cie" for Guillermin; a renowned retailer in Paris. The present early and rare example of a reference 96 will most certainly interest savvy collectors of Patek Philippe wristwatches.