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Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 5153G-010

$26,500

Pre-Owned Patek Philippe 38mm Calatrava Silver Dial Leather Strap, Ref. 5153G-010

The Calatrava 5153 offered here in 18K White gold maintains the elegant simplicity of the original Bauhaus ascetic but has increased the size to a more modern 38mm. The silver dial with the elegant hands and markers hit the perfect balance between elegance and functionality. This 5153 watch has an unusual and beautiful solid case back that also flips up to display the inner movement behind a sapphire crystal. While the Calatrava line continues, this particular model has been discontinued, which a person should consider when wondering whether this particular Calatrava is the watch for them as the supply is effectively limited.

Only 1 left in stock

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Additional information

Band Color

Black

Band Material

Alligator

Box and Papers

Box and Papers

Bracelet

Strap

Brand

Patek Philippe

Caliber

324 S C

Case Material

18k White Gold

Case Size

38mm

Caseback

Solid/Exhibition

Case Finish

Polished

Clasp

Deployant

Complication

Date

Crystal Material

Sapphire

Dial Color

Silver

Movement

Automatic

Item ID0004094
Model #5153G-010
Model NameCalatrava
Year ProducedCa. 2016
Serial Number59xxxxx

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.