With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming manufacture of the present watch with diamond hour markers in 1950 and its subsequent sale on 4 December 1950. Furthermore delivered with Patek Philippe original fitted presentation box also stamped Freccero y Cia. Montevideo, Unicas Agentes to the inside cover.
Fresh to the market and preserved in very good original overall condition, the appeal of the present Calatrava is further enhanced by the retailer's signature Freccero, Patek Philippe's distinguished retailer in Montevideo, Uruguay. In fact it is believed to be the only example of a reference 96 in platinum with diamond-set dial and retailer's signature Freccero having appeared in public to date.
Introduced in 1932, reference 96 is unquestionably Patek Philippe's most legendary design. Incorporating elements of Bauhaus, late Art Deco and modernism, it is the perfect 1930s representation, its timeless case proportions as modern today 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.