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Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 2568


Pre-Owned Patek Philippe 32.5mm Calatrava Silver Dial Leather Strap, Reference 2568

This watch is in marvelous condition, both as it was obviously cherished by it’s prior owner but also because he treated it to a rather expensive complete service by The Henri Stern Watch Agency in 2011 that totaled over $2200.00.  This Calatrava 2568 with its sub-seconds hand, 33mm case size and faceted lugs is a prime example of the early designed Calatrava. The Calatrava Cross appears on the crown of this 2568 reference.  Though it has a replacement strap and buckle that are not original Patek Philippe, it is accompanied by a genuine inner and outer box, as well as the repair receipt for the service in 2011. Super classic, modest, thin and easy to wear.  This watch demonstrates how Patek Phillipe successfully achieved their goal of a timeless and elegant design, as beautiful today as when it was produced some 70 years ago.

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18k Yellow Gold

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Manual Wind Mechanical

Item ID0003401
Model #2568
Model NameCalatrava


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.