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Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 3468

$4,795

Vintage Patek Philippe 32.5mm Calatrava, Champagne Dial, Black Leather Strap, Ref. 3468

The Patek Philippe Calatrava is one of the most iconic and enduring designs in the world of luxury wristwatches. Introduced in 1932, it was created as an elegant and timeless timepiece that embodied the principles of the Bauhaus movement, focusing on form following function. The first model of the Calatrava was reference 96, originally designed by Henri Stern to help the company pass through the Great Depression smoothly. The Calatrava’s clean, minimalist design has remained largely unchanged over the decades, with its hallmark features being a round case, simple dial, and understated elegance. Renowned for its craftsmanship and attention to detail, the Calatrava has become a symbol of classic Swiss watchmaking excellence and is highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts alike.

The vintage Calatrava 3468 is a classic representation of the Patek Philippe Calatrava. Its 32.5mm 18k yellow gold case exudes sophistication and durability. The champagne dial is adorned with gold stick hour markers, providing a clear and timeless display of time. Protected by an acrylic crystal, the dial is both elegant and practical. This watch is powered by a manual wind 23-300 caliber movement, showcasing Patek Philippe’s commitment to precision and craftsmanship. It is completed with a black leather strap, adding a touch of luxury and versatility to its design.

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Additional information

Band Color

Black

Band Material

Leather

Band Type

Strap

Box and Papers

No Box | No Papers

Brand

Patek Philippe

Caliber

23-300

Case Material

18k Yellow Gold

Case Size

32mm

Caseback

Solid

Crystal Material

Acrylic

Dial Color

Champagne

Movement

Manual

Size

31mm – 34mm

Warranty

1-Year Watchworks Guarantee

Item ID0006542
Model #3468
Model NameCalatrava
Serial Number2XXXXXX

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.