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Patek Philippe 18k Yellow Gold Square MVMT #783475

$7,995

Pre-Owned Patek Philippe 27.5mm 18k Yellow Gold Square, White Dial, Leather Strap MVMT #783475

Gubelin is best known throughout Europe as a luxury jeweler and retailer of fine watches. High-end craftsman from Gubelin collaborated with luxury watchmakers to create watches under their own brand labels.  Typically, the jewelers would add a special dial to select components that were assembled by a luxury watchmaker, such as Patek Philippe.  Watches such as this co-branded Patek Philippe are typically the same watch from the watchmaker but with a unique dial. The movement in this watch is a respected small, thin manual movement. This compact size made it ideal for the popular Calatrava and similar smaller watches produced in the 1950’s and 1960’s. This movement is greatly respected today, with many saying it is one of the best hand-wound movements ever produced by Patek Philippe. Placed into the 18K gold case, this is a watch of substance, both for its technical capabilities and for its design.  This vintage Patek comes with a signed original black lizard strap that is in excellent condition, but it does have a generic yellow buckle.

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Additional information

Band Color

Black

Band Material

Alligator/Crocodile/Lizard, Leather

Box and Papers

No Box/Papers

Bracelet

Strap

Brand

Gubelin, Patek Philippe

Caliber

23-300

Case Material

18k Yellow Gold

Case Size

27.5mm

Caseback

Solid

Clasp

Tang

Complication

Time Only

Crystal Material

Sapphire

Dial Color

White

Case Finish

Bright

Movement

Manual Wind Mechanical

Warranty

2-Year Watchworks Guarantee

Item ID0000533
Year Producedca 1960's

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.

Gubelin is best known throughout Europe as a luxury jeweler and retailer of fine watches.  Americans often are more familiar with the brand Tiffany, but both brands are similarly held in high regard.  Gubelin began as a watchmaker in 1854, expanded into gems and jewelry in 1920, and has since maintained a reputation for their beautiful creations and knowledge.  Gubelin and Tiffany shared a tradition of high-end craftsman collaborating with luxury watchmakers to create watches under their own brand labels.  Typically, the jewelers would add a special dial to select components assembled from a luxury watchmaker, such as Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, JLC and others.   Gubelin sometimes went a step further by decorating and assembling the movements themselves.  Watches co-branded typically are the same watch from a watchmaker with a unique dial, whereas a watch with only the Gubelin name not only has the Gubelin designed dial but also was assembled by Gubelin.