Patek Philippe - Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR Geneva Friday, November 11, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1943
    Reference No: 570
    Movement No: 923'078
    Case No: 927'937
    Model Name: Calatrava
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 12'''120, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Gold plated pin buckle
    Dimensions: 35.5mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming year of manufacture in 1943 and its subsequent sale on July 30th of the same year. Further accompanied by service papers
    Literature: Examples of the reference 570 are illustrated in Patek Philippe Museum Patek Philippe Watches, Volume II, pp. 331-335.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Introduced in 1938, the iconic “Calatrava” reference 570 is adored by collectors for its simple oversized case with flat bezel and modern sleek appeal. The watch is the larger version of Patek Philippe’s reference 96 and was manufactured with both subsidiary and center seconds configurations in stainless steel, yellow, white and pink gold, and platinum cases. The present example from the first series houses the caliber 12’’’120, whilst the second series used the caliber 12’’’400, and the last series used an antimagnetic movement - the caliber 27 AM 400.
    The present timepiece is a study in elegance and refinement. The pink gold case is large and masculine, and its elongated lugs a reflection of the purity of the Bauhaus movement. The watch further impresses with its two-tone pink colored dial and well preserved condition – it is accompanied with a Romanian service receipt from the late 1940s illustrating how well the watch was cared for. Easily amongst the most beautiful time-only watches of all time, this timepiece, fresh to the market, is a pure treat for the eyes, and one that will certainly delight the discerning collector.

  • 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 very rare and large pink gold wristwatch with two-tone pink dial

35.5mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for CHF47,500

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Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR

Geneva Auctions 12 – 13 November 2016