Patek Philippe Calatrava 2526 'Enamel Dial'

So many reasons why 2526 deserves a very special place in the history of the Calatrava.

Museum Piece
Patek Philippe CalatravaIn 1932, Patek Philippe & Cie - which was the brand’s formal name - introduced one of the most iconic watches ever made.
So many reasons why 2526 deserves a very special place in the history of the Calatrava. Let's start with a look under the hood. Not unimportant; it features the very first automatic movement ever produced by Patek! We wouldn’t be the first to name the Cal. 12-600AT the best automatic movement ever produced. It features a “Gyromax” balance wheel, Swan neck regulator and self-compensating Breguet spring. Most impressive, when you take off the screw-down caseback, has to be the 18k gold, decorated rotor! Back to the outside of the, elegantly shaped, 36mm measuring watch. The crown is beautifully designed and features the 2 P’s. But most important about this watch is the dial. There are very few watches with a twice baked enamel dial! Patek really stepped up their game on this vintage dresswatch.This rare Patek Philippe Calatrava from 1953 has a double baked enamel dial! Very rare and especially in a perfect condition like this. Both inside and outside are remarkably refined. Powered by our favourite automatic movement: 12-600 AT. Beautiful piece with full known history and accompanied with the extract of the archives. Collectible piece of art by the best of the best; reference 2526 in a nutshell.
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.