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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 2013
    Reference No: 5235G-001
    Movement No: 5’612’261
    Case No: 4’546’582
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 31-260 REG QA, 29 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold buckle
    Dimensions: 40.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and buckle signed.
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin indicating sale of the present watch on 28th December 2013, inner and outer presentation boxes, leather folio, and product literature. Further accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 2013 and its subsequent sale on 12th December 2013.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Patek Philippe has produced regulator-style pocket watches over its storied history, however its very first regulator style wristwatch would only be introduced in 2012 at Baselworld. A regulator watch includes non-coaxial hour and minute hands, separated and displayed on different dials. Used in precision clocks at observatories and manufacturers to help set watches, the minute hand is always larger and centrally positioned in a regulator to emphasize its importance. The reference 5235 has the added distinction of housing the in-house calibre 31-260, Patek Philippe’s first all-new micro-rotor-based automatic movement since the calibre 240 launched in 1985. The calibre 31-260 was the only Patek Philippe movement equipped with a silicon escapement and hairspring. Additionally, the 5235 also incorporates an in-house annual calendar complication with apertures for the day, date, and month.

    Visually, the watch is quite striking, and a departure from the brand’s product line, though not losing any of the elegance and symmetry the maison is known for. The angular case immediately calls to mind the historic perpetual calendar references 3448 and 3450, with sharply faceted lugs and a flat, tapered bezel. The case and spacious dial are exemplary in their contrasting finishes: the main, darker grey dial is vertically brushed, while the silver outer track has a diagonal brushing. The mirror polished bezel is set against the brushed sides of the case and lugs. Horological journalist Su Jiaxian called the 5235 the “most interesting modern Patek Philippe” in a 2018 article, and cited that it is one of Patek Philippe President Thierry Stern’s favorite offerings.

    In 2019, Patek Philippe officially discontinued the 5235 in white gold, replacing it with a pink gold model with black outer track and subsidiary dials and a dark grey dial. The discontinued 5235G is offered here from its original owner, complete with all of its original accessories, and preserved in excellent condition.

  • 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. 5235G-001
A very fine and rare white gold annual calendar wristwatch with regulator-style dial, Certificate of Origin, and presentation boxes

40.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, and buckle signed.

$25,000 - 50,000 

Sold for $37,500

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New York Auction 10 December 2019