A fine and rare white gold perpetual calendar wristwatch with centre seconds and retrograde date

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1999
    Reference No: 5059G
    Movement No: 1’958’096
    Case No: 4’080’843
    Material: 18k white gold
    Calibre: Automatic, 315/136 SQR
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k white gold deployment clasp, signed PPC
    Dimensions: 36mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Patek Philippe presentation box and outer packing. Further delivered with Extract from the Archives confirming production in 1999 and its subsequent sale on October 25th, 1999.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The “Fifty Fifty Nine” was first introduced to the market in 1998 and was discontinued in 2006. Manufactured in all four metals, the reference is popular for its officer case with hinged case back and screwed lug pins.The dial is very easy to read given the level of complexity of the movement.
    The complications united with this reference are perpetual calendar, retrograde date, day, month and moon phases. The most intriguing of these complications is the retrograde date. Usually the hands for calendar watches continue to move and naturally return to their point of origin however the retrograde complication forces the hand to fly back to its original starting point, a very difficult construction to accomplish in watchmaking.
    Patek Philippe now offers an updated version of this reference, the 5159 which was introduced in 2007 and is still in production today. This reference has a slightly larger case than the 5059 and an engine-tuned dial.

  • Maker Bio

    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. 5059G
A fine and rare white gold perpetual calendar wristwatch with centre seconds and retrograde date

1999
18k white gold
36mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF28,000 - 40,000 

sold for CHF37,500

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