Patek Philippe Calatrava 570

The rare reference 570 is one of the most beautiful dress watches ever made.

Museum Piece
Patek PhilippePatek Philippe’s ultra exclusive timepieces have traditionally been reserved for the lucky few.

Introduction

The rare reference 570 is one of the most beautiful dress watches ever made.Introduced in 1938, the ref. 570 is the oversized brother of the ref. 96, the original Patek Philippe Calatrava launched in 1932. Even though the 96 was popular at the time, Patek Philippe recognised that its diminutive size (just 31 mm) was not to everyone’s liking. Hence, the ref. 570 was enlarged to a healthy 35.5 mm, which was quite large for a dress watch in the 1930s.Patek Philippe’s Calatrava line follows the Bauhaus adage that form should follow function. So does this 18k yellow-gold 570. The thin and elegantly curved lugs, polished flat bezel, and simple crown with raised Calatrava cross are the epitome of understated elegance. The opaline dial is clean and unassuming, with a fine applied minute track, short pointed 18k yellow-gold hour markers and applied yellow-gold Arabic quarters, and elegant needle hands. As was customary for the time, the second hand is displayed on a lovely decentralised indicator at the 6 o’clock position.This ref. 570 is in amazing condition, especially considering its age. The watch dates back to 1946 and comes with an extract from the Patek Philippe archives and a new black alligator-leather Patek Philippe strap with an 18k yellow-gold ardillon buckle signed Patek Philippe.

Description

Patek PhilippePatek Philippe’s ultra exclusive timepieces have traditionally been reserved for the lucky few. Patek's mechanical masterpieces are usually made from precious metals but its sporty steel Nautilus and Aquanaut lines have been popular as well since their introduction in the 1970s and 1990s, respectively.