With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1951 and its subsequent sale on 22 August 1951.
The present lot is fresh to the market.
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. 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.