With Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin and fitted Patek Philippe presentation box. Furthermore accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in steel and gold in 1945 and its subsequent sale on 18 December 1945.
This watch has never before been offered in public.
This large Calatrava is offered for sale by the family of the original owner and is understood to have spent its entire life in the accompanying Patek Philippe box in a safety deposit box. Consequently, it is in absolutely pristine condition without any restoration. As a matter of fact, the satin finish is perfect and the winding crown is impressively sharp. The very few minor surface spots on the dial are the result of the elements and add to its gorgeous pre-WW II look. Indeed, the dial design is a perfect 1930s example, highlighted by the attractive pink gold Arabic numerals.
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.
We are delighted to sell one of the most sought after Patek Philippe references made in the 1940s accompanied by the original warranty and presentation box.
"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.