Patek Philippe Calatrava 1578

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Among al the heavy Patek Philippe fire we’ve seen the last months, we almost forget about the finer and more simplistic pieces we also really love to sell. The reference 1578 is the perfect example of one of those delicate beauties.This sophisticated piece dates back to '56 and is made out of 18k yellow gold. The watch has a case diameter of 35 millimeters and runs on Patek Philippe’s in-house caliber 27SC.Underneath the plexyglass we’ll find the beautiful off-white dial with the distinguishing dagger hour-markers and Arabic quarters. The watch is executed with a refined leaf handset and a blued-steel second hand.The watch is in good condition, comes with a dark-brown Patek Philippe alligator bracelet, an 18k yellow-gold Patek Philippe buckle and the extract of the archives.


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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