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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1946
    Reference No: 570
    Movement No: 864'789
    Case No: 300'057
    Model Name: Calatrava
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 12''', 20 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold buckle, signed PPCo.
    Dimensions: 35mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by an Extract from the Archives confirming the date of production of the present watch in 1946 and its subsequent sale on October 13, 1947. The Extract confirms furthermore that the watch was made with black dial and that it was provided by the client.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Patek Philippe Calatrava reference 570 was introduced in 1938, and was made available in stainless steel, yellow gold, pink gold, white gold, and platinum.

    The present Patek Philippe 570 in yellow gold is offered in mint, original overall condition. The case is exceptionally well preserved and is seemingly unpolished, with two strong hallmarks clearly visible on the side of the case.

    The stand out feature, however is its extraordinary black lacquered dial, beautifully accented with yellow gold applied Arabic and baton hour markers and the prestigious E. Gübelin retailer signature at 6 o’clock. Scholarship tells us that only six examples of reference 570 with the 12’’’ mechanical movement are known, further enhanced by the extraordinary dial combination that is most probably unique. Appearing now from one of the most distinguished collections of rare Patek Philippe wristwatches, it has an immaculate pedigree and wonderful documentation. In fact the archives of Patek Philippe not only confirms that the incredible black dial is original to this watch but also implies that it was a special order.

    Collectors of vintage Patek Philippe watches will appreciate that this watch, both in terms of its extraordinary dial design, but also condition, can be considered as one of the most valuable vintage wristwatches without additional complications. This “Calatravone” - Italian for large Calatrava - is more exclusive than many complicated vintage Pateks, assuring enduring value to the savvy collector, hopefully not only in a secured vault, but also on one’s wrist.

  • Artist Biography

    Patek Philippe

    Swiss • 1839

    Since its founding in 1839, this famous Geneva-based firm has been surprising its clientele with superbly crafted timepieces fitted with watchmaking's most prestigious complications. Traditional and conservative designs are found across Patek Philippe's watches made throughout their history — the utmost in understated elegance.

    Well-known for the Graves Supercomplication — a highly complicated pocket watch that was the world’s most complicated watch for 50 years — this family-owned brand has earned a reputation of excellence around the world. Patek's complicated vintage watches hold the highest number of world records for results achieved at auction compared with any other brand. For collectors, key models include the reference 1518, the world's first serially produced perpetual calendar chronograph, and its successor, the reference 2499. Other famous models include perpetual calendars such as the ref. 1526, ref. 3448 and 3450, chronographs such as the reference 130, 530 and 1463, as well as reference 1436 and 1563 split seconds chronographs. Patek is also well-known for their classically styled, time-only "Calatrava" dress watches, and the "Nautilus," an iconic luxury sports watch first introduced in 1976 as the reference 3700 that is still in production today.

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Ref. 570
A possibly unique, highly attractive and large yellow gold wristwatch with indirect center seconds and black lacquered dial, retailed by E. Gübelin

1946
35mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
CHF120,000 - 180,000 
€110,000-165,000
$124,000-186,000

Sold for CHF209,000

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Geneva Auction 15 May 2016