A large, rare and well-preserved stainless steel wristwatch

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  • Condition Report

  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1957
    Reference No: 570
    Movement No: 728'029
    Case No: 647'667
    Model Name: Calatrava
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 12-400, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Patek Philippe buckle
    Dimensions: 36mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed, dial further signed Hausmann & Co.
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1957 and its subsequent sale on October 28, 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 firm. Manufactured from 1938 to 1972, the model 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. While some were fitted with Breguet numerals, others were two-tone in design.

    Cased in stainless steel, this reference 570 is truly astonishing. It exhibits full, thick lugs, and incredible proportions. The flat, cylindrical bezel retains sharp definition. The contrasting brushed and satin finishes enable the beholder to easily imagine how the watch originally left the Patek Philippe workshops.

    It most notably displays the signature of Hausmann & Co above the subsidiary register at 6 o'clock. To date, only three examples of stainless steel reference 570s with this particular signature have appeared on the market, making the present example incredibly rare. The dial itself is preserved in beautiful condition, with barely any signs of aging. Furthermore, the hard enamel graphics remain raised and crisp, attesting to the originality of the timepiece.

  • 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 large, rare and well-preserved stainless steel wristwatch

1957
36mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed, dial further signed Hausmann & Co.

Estimate
CHF70,000 - 140,000 
€64,500-129,000
$70,500-141,000

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Virginie Liatard-Roessli
Specialist, Head of Sale
+41 76 338 91 03
vliatard@phillips.com

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