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Patek Philippe Calatrava, Ref. 3802/200J

$12,750

Pre-Owned Patek Philippe 33mm 18k yellow gold Calatrava, reference 3802/200J

The Patek Philippe 18k yellow gold Calatrava reference 3802/200J is one of the most famous of the modern Calatrava watches and quickly became one of their best sellers.  This reference set the standards for following models. The hobnail textured bezel, stark white enamel dial, thin black graceful Roman numerals and matching blackened index hands all became iconic attributes shared by many desired Patek models. Within the 18k case rests the famous caliber 315SC automatic movement, which employs 29 jewels, a solid gold rotor and features hours, minutes, seconds and date window display.  This watch is equipped with a factory new taupe glossy crocodile strap that is intentionally on the small side to conform to a more delicate wrist and has an original 18k signed Patek buckle. It does not have original box and papers.

 

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Additional information

Band Color

Taupe

Band Material

Crocodile

Box and Papers

No Box/Papers

Bracelet

Strap

Brand

Patek Philippe

Caliber

315 SC

Case Material

18k Yellow Gold

Case Size

33mm

Caseback

Solid

Clasp

Tang

Dial Color

White

Case Finish

Polished, Satin

Movement

Automatic

Item ID0003403
Model #3802/200J
Model NameCalatrava

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.