A rare and extremely well-preserved yellow gold wristwatch with center seconds and champagne dial

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1958
    Reference No: 570
    Movement No: 707'703
    Case No: 309'925
    Model Name: Calatrava
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 27 SC, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe buckle
    Dimensions: 36mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with laped gold indexes in 1958 and its subsequent sale on March 11, 1959.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 570 was Patek Philippe's very first large Calatrava model that was produced in series. At the time of production, the reference was the largest time-only wristwatch produced by the brand. Manufactured from 1938 to 1972, reference 570 was cased predominantly in yellow gold, and rarely in pink gold, white gold, stainless steel and platinum. The reference featured a multitude of dial variations.

    This extremely attractive yellow gold reference 570 is distinguished by its beautiful champagne dial that is further intensified by patina. To date, the market has identified five examples in yellow gold that feature a champagne dial.

    The case of this watch is particularly impressive, with incredibly crisp edges and sharp facets. Two deep hallmarks are present on the case, attesting to its untouched state of preservation.

    The Calatrava-style case of this watch coupled with its very clean dial imparts to the piece an elegance and panache nearly unparalleled. Furthermore, it is a highly difficult-to-come-by example of Patek Philippe production. It appears in fact that about 80 pieces in yellow gold left Patek Philippe's workshop in total.

  • 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 rare and extremely well-preserved yellow gold wristwatch with center seconds and champagne dial

1958
36mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
CHF30,000 - 50,000 
€26,400-44,000
$30,700-51,200

sold for CHF32,500

Contact Specialist
Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Sale
+41 22 317 81 89
aghotbi@phillips.com

The Geneva Watch Auction: EIGHT

Geneva Auction 10-11 November 2018