An extremely rare, oversized stainless steel wristwatch with subsidiary seconds and bracelet

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1946
    Reference No: 570
    Movement No: 929'848
    Case No: 637'715
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 12''' 120, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel expandable Gay Frères bracelet, max length 180mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 35.5mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by an Extract from the Archives confirming manufacture in 1946 and subsequent sale on April 17, 1947
    Literature: A similar watch is illustrated in John Goldberger's "Patek Philippe Steel Watches" p.102-103

  • Catalogue Essay

    The large Calatrava model reference 570 was introduced into the market in 1938, featuring either subsidiary or sweep centre seconds. To many collectors, the reference 570 is amongst the most perfect time only Patek Philippe watches in terms of shape and size. It was available in yellow, pink and white gold, platinum, and very rarely, in stainless steel. Accordingly, of all case metals, stainless steel examples of the reference are the most coveted. The present steel example is fresh to the auction market, and is offered in superb condition. The case is well preserved, the bezel and lugs are remarkably well defined and crisp. It’s fitted with a superb, two-tone opaline dial, highlighted by a brushed silver peripheral ring giving it great character. The Gay Frères riveted stainless steel bracelet, with its rare and desirable expandable links, adds a dash of elegant nonchalance to the timepiece. Vintage Patek Philippe wristwatches, where aesthetics, condition and rarity all mix into a potent formula are what collectors are looking for and the present “Calatravone” (Italian for large Calatrava) is certainly a gem for the savvy collector.

  • 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
An extremely rare, oversized stainless steel wristwatch with subsidiary seconds and bracelet

1946
35.5mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF80,000 - 120,000 
€73,400-110,000
$82,400-124,000

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Alexandre Ghotbi
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The Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR

Geneva Auctions 12 – 13 November 2016