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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1943
    Reference No: 570
    Movement No: 923'573
    Model Name: Calatrava
    Material: 18k pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, 12'''120
    Bracelet/Strap: Reptile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k pink gold buckle, signed PPC
    Dimensions: 35.5mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Certificate of Origin and Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with silvery rose dial and applied Breguet numerals in rose gold in 1943 and its subsequent sale on July 15th, 1943
    Literature: A reference 570 with Breguet numerals and two-tone dial, cased in platinum is illustrated in Patek Philippe Museum, Patek Philippe Watches - Volume II, page 331

  • Catalogue Essay

    Amongst Patek Philippe’s production of time-only wristwatches (wristwatches without complications), reference 570 is to many the most perfect in terms of shape and size.

    Examples featuring the extraordinary multi-tone dials with oversized Breguet numerals are most certainly the rarest, richest and most complex versions of this reference.

    The present example, never before offered at auction, is in virtually mint condition and still features the original certificate from Patek Philippe. The dial, composed of four differently finished shades of rose, shows no signs of cleaning or restoration whatsoever.

    Vintage Patek Philippe wristwatches, where aesthetics, condition and rarity are all at their best are the gems collectors are looking for. The present “Calatravone” (Italian for large Calatrava) is certainly part of this elite and constitutes a probably unique opportunity for the most discerning collectors around the world.

  • 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
An exceptionally rare and important pink gold wristwatch with four tone pink dial, Breguet numerals and original certificate

18k pink gold
35.5mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF150,000 - 250,000 

Sold for CHF257,000

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The Watch Auction: One

Geneva Auction 10 May 2015 6:30pm