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Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 3420

$10,850

Vintage Patek 34mm Philippe Calatrava, Silver Dial Brown Leather Strap, Ref. 3420

The vintage Patek Philippe Calatrava 3420, crafted circa 1970, is a testament to enduring style and precision. Housed in a timeless 34mm 18k yellow gold case with a classic mineral glass crystal, this watch emanates understated elegance.

Its matte silvered dial showcases a small seconds sub-dial and gold stick hour markers, creating a harmonious balance of simplicity and functionality. The heart of the timepiece is a manual-wind 27AM-400 caliber movement, a hallmark of Patek Philippe’s commitment to horological excellence.

Completing the vintage aesthetic is a tasteful brown leather strap, providing both comfort and a refined finishing touch. This Patek Philippe Calatrava 3420 stands as a remarkable example of the brand’s heritage, capturing the essence of a bygone era with enduring grace.

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Additional information

Band Color

Brown

Band Material

Leather

Band Type

Strap

Box and Papers

No Box | No Papers

Brand

Patek Philippe

Caliber

27AM-400

Case Material

18k Yellow Gold

Case Size

34mm

Caseback

Solid

Complication

Small Seconds

Crystal Material

Mineral Glass

Dial Color

Silver

Movement

Manual

Size

31mm – 34mm

Warranty

1-Year Watchworks Guarantee

Item ID0006497
Model #3420
Model NameCalatrava
Year Producedca. 1970
Serial Number4XXXXX

Description

As a member of the Holy Trinity of watchmakers 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.