Patek Philippe - The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI Geneva Saturday, November 5, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 2009
    Reference No: 5970J
    Movement No: 3'049'744
    Case No: 4'462'758
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. CH 27-70Q, 24 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin dated August 22, 2009, additional case back, hang tag, setting pin, presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 5970 is the proud heir to Patek Philippe’s legacy of perpetual calendar chronographs starting with the reference 1518, followed by the 2499 and 3970.

    Launched in 2004 and in production for only 7 short years (making it the shortest run for any perpetual calendar chronograph model by Patek Philippe), reference 5970 was discontinued in 2010 and replaced by reference 5270 that houses Patek Philippe’s first in-house chronograph caliber. Reference 5970 relied on a heavily modified Lemania base movement.

    Whereas the reference 2499 (2nd series onward) and reference 3970 featured round pushers, reference 5970 comes with rectangular pushers giving it an incomparable resemblance to the highly coveted and über rare reference 2499 1st series.

    Upon launch, this model became an instant success and since its discontinuation, it has only increased in popularity and collectability.

    While the reference has enjoyed variations such as different gem-set bezels and various dial designs, examples cased in yellow gold like the present watch are believed to be the rarest metal. The present watch is furthermore offered as a full set with its Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin dated August 22, 2009, additional case back, hang tag, setting pin, presentation box and outer packaging.

  • 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. 5970J
A rare and attractive yellow gold perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moonphases, 24-hour indication, leap year indication, setting pin, additional case back, original certificate and fitted presentation box

40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

CHF80,000 - 160,000 

Sold for CHF207,900

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI

Geneva Auction 5 - 6 November 2022