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Patek Philippe 18k Yellow Gold Dress Ref. 3468

$8,200

Pre-Owned Patek Philippe 33mm Calatrava Silver Dial Crocodile Strap, Ref. 3468

This Patek Philippe Calatrava maintains the elegant simplicity of the original Bauhaus ascetic that influenced its design.  Featuring an original, lovely, bright and simple silvered dial with applied gold indices and hands, this classic Patek is likely to have been sold in 1974, as it is personalized on the case back with that date. It is fitted with a new brown crocodile generic strap and generic buckle and is not accompanied by box and papers.

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Additional information

Band Color

Brown

Band Material

Crocodile

Bracelet

Strap

Brand

Patek Philippe

Caliber

23-300

Case Material

18k Yellow Gold

Case Size

33mm

Caseback

Solid

Clasp

Tang

Dial Color

Silver

Case Finish

Polished

Movement

Manual Wind Mechanical

Box and Papers

No Box/Papers

Item ID0001518
Model #3468
Model Name18k Yellow Gold Dress

Description

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.