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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1967
    Reference No: 570
    Movement No: 712’410
    Case No: 325’592
    Model Name: Calatrava
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 27 SC, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Patek Philippe buckle
    Dimensions: 35.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe brown leather presentation box. Further accompanied by an Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with center seconds in 1967, and its subsequent sale on June 16, 1969.

  • Catalogue Essay

    In the history of horology, Patek Philippe’s Calatrava wristwatch has stood as a monument to design excellence, and has remained in its collection since the reference 96 was first released in 1932. It is a model that needs no introduction, and was offered at a time of change and upheaval for a brand that today is at the pinnacle of Swiss watch manufacturing. In order to ensure the financial success of the firm, the brand chose to design a mainstream model, which would have a broad appeal to the general public. The watch which they offered was the reference 96 Calatrava, named for the cross symbol used by Calatrava knights in the 12th century, and registered by Patek Philippe as its logo in 1887.

    The first Calatrava models were 30.5mm diameter, time-only wristwatches, and set the standard for all gentlemen’s dress watches that followed. The design was rooted in the Bauhaus principle of form follows function. Within a few short years the model was a success, and the Stern brothers chose to expand the collection in 1938, offering the then oversized reference 570 time only wristwatch with a 35.5mm diameter. Large, bold, and classic, the 570 Calatrava was such a successful design, it remained in production until 1972. The flat, broad bezel and 20mm wide lug width created a statement timepiece revered by collectors to the present day. Over its 33 year production run, it was offered in all precious metals and stainless steel, along with both center seconds and subsidiary seconds calibers.

    The present wristwatch is in excellent overall condition and remains remarkably crisp and sharp, lovingingly preserved since it was first manufactured in 1967.

  • 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. 570
An attractive and well-preserved white gold wristwatch with center seconds

35.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

$12,000 - 24,000 

Sold for $20,160

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New York Auction 12 December 2020