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Patek Philippe Circa 1948 Ref. 1530


Pre-Owned Patek Philippe 23mm 1530 Tank Silver Dial Leather Strap, Ref. 1530

This vintage Patek Phillipe from approximately 1948 is typical of the era with its 23mm, 18K yellow gold case and silver dial. Attached to a brown leather strap, this rectangular shaped case Patek Phillipe continues to make a strong impact today. This watch is very original but is sold head only – meaning the strap and buckle are generic and does not come with box nor original papers.

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No Box | No Papers

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Patek Philippe

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18k Yellow Gold

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Item ID0003400
Model #0001530
Model Name1530 Tank
Year Produced1948


As a member of the Holy Trinity of watch makers and a Holy Grail for watch collectors, Patek Philippe stands at the pinnacle of fine watch makers, with the Calatrava as one of its most recognized watches from an already exceptional brand.  Opinions may differ on the world’s best dress watch, but the Calatrava will be on every list of the top watches, if not at the top.

No matter how popular, every watch had a beginning, often a humble one.  Despite its great innovations and support from prominent figures, including Queen Victoria and Albert Einstein, Patek Philippe was severely impacted by the Great Depression, which was the great equalizer.  While struggling through those difficult times, the company sought to design a watch that would recognize the austerity of the period but remain timeless and elegant.  The designer of the watch took as his inspiration the Bauhaus movement, which had started a decade earlier.  With its principle that the form of the design should follow the functional need, the designer David Penny designed the first Calatrava reference 96 to be a thin, round, and smooth case with elegant lugs that tapered to fit smoothly against a wrist.  The dial was a simple hands, minutes, and seconds dial with no complications.  A clean, timeless, and elegant design.

In this same year 1932, Patek Philippe was acquired by two brothers who had previously supplied dials to the company and to other watchmakers.  The brothers saw an opportunity to display their own fine dial craftsmanship in David Penny’s newly designed watch.  They chose to call the new watch the Calatrava, named after 12th Century Knights.  Patek Philippe has since adapted the Calatrava Cross as the unofficial logo of the brand, across all models.  Since those humble roots, the Calatrava has grown to be a flagship model and the oldest Patek Philippe model still in production today.