With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming the production of the present watch with white dial and black painted Roman numerals in 2002 and its subsequent sale on 17 February 2002.
The present lot is fresh to the market.
Reference 5059, introduced into the market in 1998, possesses an intriguing complication: a retrograde date display. The date is indicated by a hand progressing along a 240 arc located within the hour scale between 8 and 4 o'clock. Around midnight on the last day of each month, be it the 28th, 29th, 30th, or 31st, the hand automatically jumps back to the 1st. Reference 5059 was discontinued in 2006 and replaced by reference 5159 (please see Lot 2576 in this sale).