With Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin, second solid case back, leather folder, literature, box and outer packaging. Furthermore delivered with Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 2004 with enamel dial, black Roman numerals and railway minute track, and its subsequent sale on 11 November 2004.
This reference 5079 has never been offered in public before, and has furthermore been consigned by its original owner.
One of the specialties of Patek Philippe is chiming timepieces. Reportedly, President Stern is so concerned with the quality of these watches that he personally approves the sound quality of each and every repeater manufactured by the company. Furthermore, it is not a simple coincidence that the celebratory watch for their 175th anniversary is arguably the most remarkable chiming timepiece ever produced by any maker.
Reference 5079 fully embodies the most iconic traits of a Patek Philippe wristwatch. It is a pure repeater, without any further complication. The dial is an epitome of elegance: deceivingly simple, with only subsidiary seconds, Roman numerals, and the old school railway divisions. A hint - subtle to the extreme - of the importance of the timepiece is given by the enamel dial: an extremely costly, lengthy and difficult dial manufacturing process reserved only for exceptional timepieces.
It is an absurdly rare timepiece, especially if considered it is a modern production watch: it was produced only from 2001 to 2005, with a total output estimated at a bit more than 70 pieces. Of these, only 15 came back to the market so far, underlining the attachment collectors feel toward this iconic wristwatch.
Last, but not least, it is a cathedral repeater, meaning that it produces a deeper and longer ring, thanks to the extra-long coils. Fitting such resonators in a wristwatch case without them touching each other or component of the movement (and thus spoiling the purity of the chime) is a very difficult feat of engineering only the best watchmakers try and venture.
Combining elegance, rarity, understatement and engineering prowess, reference 5079 perfectly epitomizes what collectors look for in a Patek Philippe wristwatch.