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

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1942
    Reference No: 570
    Movement No: 921'883
    Case No: 507'745 / 12
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal 12'''120, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel PPco pin buckle
    Dimensions: 35.5mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied with Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with silvered dial and yellow gold numerals in 1942 and its subsequent sale on 17 June 1942. It furthermore states under "Remarks" that the present Patek Philippe dial is black with white gold Arabic numerals and outer railway minute divisions.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Patek Philippe introduced the Calatrava reference 570 in 1938, and it was available in stainless steel, yellow gold, pink gold, white gold, and platinum. Additionally, the model was produced with either center seconds or subsidiary seconds. The present lot is over 70 years old and yet maintains an overt modern aesthetic, which perfectly anchors the watch in our century.

    The oversized and absolutely pristine steel case along with the black gloss dial and full Arabic numerals make up for a visually enchanting combination. This type of dial featuring a full set of upright Arabic numerals is often called a "telephone dial" due to its resemblance to the dial plate of older generation telephones. It is our belief this lot is the only example of a reference 570 in stainless steel and black "telephone" dial in existence.

    The immaculate condition of the present lot as well as its utmost rarity will appeal to collectors of vintage Patek Philippe watches as this reference is one of the most valuable vintage wristwatches without additional complications. This "Calatravone" - Italian for large Calatrava- is more exclusive than many complicated vintage Patek Philippe wristwatches and guarantees enduring value to the savvy collector, hopefully not only in a secured vault, but also owner’s wrist.

  • 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 extremely rare and highly attractive oversized stainless steel wristwatch with black lacquer telephone dial

35.5mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF150,000 - 300,000 

Sold for CHF187,500

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Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR

Geneva Auctions 12 – 13 November 2016