Patek Philippe Grand Complications 5004P-033

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Introduction

If you are interested to purchase this watch, please contact us by email or phone. This watch is one of our absolute all-time favorites: the grail-worthy Patek Philippe 5004P perpetual calendar split seconds chronograph.The ref 5004 is descended from a long line of exquisite Patek Philippe grand complications. To be specific, it is the direct offspring of the exquisite ref. 1518, 2499, and 3970 perpetual calendar chronographs. Yet, it managed to trump its forebears by introducing yet another complication: the split second (or rattrapante) chronograph.The 5004 takes an exceptional spot in Patek’s storied history because it’s the maison’s first watch to combine the perpetual calendar mechanism with a split seconds chronograph. Even though the watch was introduced in 1996, it is the last truly vintage grand complications by Patek Philippe. With a case measuring in at 36 mm, the 5004 hits the sweet spot: not too small, not too large. Its successor, the 5204, in turn, would grow to a comparatively large 40 mm.What’s so special about a perpetual calendar and split seconds chronograph? For one, it includes a calendar mechanism that, once properly set, correctly displays the calendar for years to come by taking into account both differential month lengths as well as leap years. Pretty impressive for a mechanical watch. Second, it takes the handy chronograph function and supercharges it by allowing the wearer to time two different events, separately from one another. To achieve this, two chronographs hands are superimposed over one another. Once the chronograph function is engaged, pushing the button on the crown stops one of the hands while the other keeps running. With a second push of the button on the crown, the idle hand instantaneously catches up with the running hand again.Roughly 200 to 300 examples of the reference 5004 were produced in total between 1996 and 2012. Platinum versions with black dials, like this one, are the most coveted among collectors.This 5004P dates back to 2006 and features a 36 mm case executed in 950 platinum. On the right hand-side of the case, the crown with integrated split-seconds button is sandwiched between two pump-style chronograph pushers. As the watch is turned upside down, the display case back gives way to the exquisite hand-finished in-house manual winding split-seconds caliber.While most examples of the 5004P spot dial with Arabic numerals on the hour positions (and sometimes baton markers), this rare black dial variant features factory-set diamond indices instead. As a nod to the reference 1518 and early reference 2499s perpetual calendar chronographs, the 5004 features 18k white-gold feuille (leaf) hands. The complications are displayed through a set of windows and sub-dials. Two apertures at the 12 o’clock position reveal the day and month mechanism. The recessed sub-dial at the 9 o’clock position displays a running seconds as well as a 24-hour hand while the recessed sub-dial at the 3-hour position incorporates a 30-minute chronograph counter and a leap year indicator. Finally on the lower sub-dial we find a charming moon phase indicator, which is surrounded by a date indication.The ref. 5004P is one of the crowning glories of Patek Philippe’s storied history and, therefore, an essential part of any serious Patek Philippe collection. This watch is accompanied by the original box and papers and comes on a black alligator-leather Patek Philippe strap with a 950 platinum Patek Philippe folding clasp.

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Patek PhilippePatek Philippe’s ultra exclusive timepieces have usually been reserved for the lucky few. Its mechanical masterpieces were traditionally made from precious metals and worn by an elegant lady or gentleman.