A fine and attractive oversized yellow gold wristwatch with subsidiary seconds

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1949
    Reference No: 570
    Movement No: 963'799
    Case No: 301'840
    Model Name: Calatrava
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal 12'''120, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Gilt pin buckle
    Dimensions: 35.5mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of this watch in 1949 and its subsequent sale on July 12th of the same year.
    Literature: Examples of reference 570 are illustrated in Patek Philippe Museum Patek Philippe Watches, Volume II, pp. 331-335.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Patek Philippe produced the reference 570 from 1938 until 1972. It was their first large-sized “Calatrava”, and a model that is as modern in the 21st century as it was over 70 years ago. The oversized case, with flat bezel, is sleek and refined, and to many connoisseurs the perfect shape and size. The watch was available in stainless steel, yellow, pink and white gold, as well as platinum.
    The present example, with its silver opaline dial and discreet numerals is an ode to sotto voce elegance. The case shows pleasing signs of aging with tones of aubergine and ochre. The first series caliber 12-120 is pure Geneva style and beauty. This well preserved “Calatravone” (Italian for large Calatrava) will appeal to the collector looking for a distinctive vintage timepiece that exemplifies the excellence in design and watchmaking of Patek Philippe.

  • 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. 570
A fine and attractive oversized yellow gold wristwatch with subsidiary seconds

1949
35.5mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF15,000 - 25,000 
€13,800-23,000
$15,500-25,800

sold for CHF21,250

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The Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR

Geneva Auctions 12 – 13 November 2016