A fine and very rare white gold wristwatch

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1955
    Reference No: 96
    Movement No: 726'267
    Case No: 308'422
    Model Name: Calatrava
    Material: 18k white gold
    Calibre: Mechanical, 12-400, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Black Patek Philippe crocodile leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k white gold Patek Philippe buckle
    Dimensions: 31 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1955 and its subsequent sale on 8 December 1956.

  • Catalogue Essay

    First introduced in 1932, reference 96 is one of Patek Philippe's most iconic models, enjoying a production run of more than 40 years. There are four series in which this reference was produced:

    The first series was in production until 1935, and was fitted with a caliber 12’’’ movement.
    The second series was produced from 1935 to 1953, and was fitted with caliber 12-120 movement.
    The third series was launched in 1950, and was fitted with a caliber 12-400 movement.
    The fourth series was launched in 1960, and was fitted with a caliber 27 AM 400 movement.

    Of all case metals, white gold examples, such as this watch, are the rarest and hardly ever appear at auction. Fresh to the market, this particular watch is from the third series, due to the caliber and production date.

  • 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. 96
A fine and very rare white gold wristwatch

百達翡麗,精細及非常罕有,18K白金腕錶,“Calatrava”,型號96,1955年製

1955
31 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$120,000 - 180,000 

sold for HK$175,000

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
thomasperazzi@phillips.com

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
ziyongho@phillips.com

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
jillchen@phillips.com

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