Patek Philippe Calatrava 1491 'Gübelin'

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If you would ask us, Patek Philippe definitely did an amazing job by creating a dress watch that distinguishes itself in all possible areas without losing any of its elegance. Thanks to that, this is probably one of the most beautiful and charming watches Patek Philippe has ever created.This Patek Philippe, with reference 1491, is  made out of 18K yellow gold and dates back to the early 50's. This reference features the beloved "scrolled lugs" and is fitted with a perfect and clean silvered dial including a refined black minute track. Most notable, is the signing of the Swiss family-owned jewellery retailer "Gubelin". The watch is accompanied by the extract of the archives and original buckle. Its condition is lovely and shapes, as well as hall marks, are still clearly visible.The watch is not only gorgeous looking but also very accurate (for ’50 standards) as it runs on the ‘Seal of Geneva’ signed, outstanding, hand winding manufacture calibre 27CS. So, also when you are a ‘what matters is on the inside’ kind of guy, this is the right watch for you.


Patek Philippe CalatravaIn 1932, Patek Philippe & Cie - which was the brand’s formal name - introduced one of the most iconic watches ever made. Namely, the benchmark for all dress watches ever produced. We are talking about the Calatrava and more specifically, the reference 96. The name Calatrava comes from the Calatrava cross, a symbol that was used by the Spanish military order named the Orden de Calatrava. The reference 96 was the first one in line. Its design was modern, luxurious and minimalistic or actually, according to the Bauhaus (German art school) principles “form follows function”. Purely focused on practicality and functionality and therefore, a Calatrava always is a time-only watch. The first reference measured 31mm in diameter, had a round case of just 9mm thick, a flat-polished bezel and tapered lugs integrated in the case design. It came in various variations, for instance a central- and a decentral-second display version, models with no seconds indicator at all, pieces with Breguet numerals and variations with steel cases (highly sought-after) rather than gold ones. A fun fact: Patek Philippe is worldwide known for its high-quality, complicated, refined movements. However, for roughly the first two years, the movements were bought from LeCoultre. From 1934, the in-house calibre 12-120 was used.  



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