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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1957
    Reference No: 570
    Movement No: 706'957
    Case No: 309'570
    Model Name: "Calatrava" or "Calatravone"
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 27 SC, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: Yellow gold PPCo pin buckle
    Dimensions: 35mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and pin buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by an Extract from the Archives confirming date of manufacture in 1957 and its subsequent sale on May 21st, 1958.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Launched only 6 years after Patek Philippe introduced the Calatrava with the reference 96, reference 570 shook the watch design codes of the time with its oversized case. Referred to amongst collectors as the “Calatravone” (for large Calatrava), this 35mm diameter watch was available in the three gold colors, in platinum as well as in stainless steel. The present watch is amongst the most sought versions as it has a sweep center seconds hand as opposed to the better known version with subsidiary seconds. While as the first center seconds movement used for the reference 570 was the celebrated caliber 12’’’S.C., the second generation used PPC’s in-house caliber 27 S.C., as the present example. Interestingly, back in the 1930’s, Patek Philippe did not have their own center seconds caliber. Instead, the talents of Victorin Piguet were used to convert the basic caliber 12’’’ and added a chronograph-like transmission to obtain the seconds indication required. The present watch embodies the Patek Philippe timeless elegance with its flawless large off-white dial adorned with facetted gold indexes. Considered by many as one of the most beautiful time-only watches of all time, this lot could be either worn daily or using the brand's motto: a watch you will look after for the next generation!

  • 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 large and elegant yellow gold wristwatch with sweep center seconds

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

CHF12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for CHF15,000

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The Geneva Watch Auction: FIVE

Geneva Auctions 13 – 14 May 2017