1956 Patek Philippe Calatrava 36mm (Ref. 2572) 18K YG W/ Extract From The Archives
'You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation.’ — Patek Philippe started this now ubiquitous marketing campaign in 1966 and never looked back, though they already had an outstanding legacy since the watchmaker was founded in the year 1839. Patek built its reputation on several foundational pillars: tradition, innovation, and excellence, all of which are paramount in every timepiece they make, both old and new.
If it weren't for the Nautilus or Grand Complications series, Patek Philippe would undoubtedly be best known for the Calatrava. The Patek Philippe Calatrava is the truest representation of the classic dress watch and was first introduced to the world in 1932 with the model reference 92. The sleek round cases of the Calatrava often feature extremely simple, yet perfectly executed designs with elegant dials that lack all unnecessary obstructions. A true "must-have" for any Patek collector or dress watch aficionado.
While there are nearly countless options and iterations of Patek's classic dress watch line, we love the Calatrava ref. 2572 in 18K yellow gold for its large size and sophisticated styling. The large 36mm case features short, pillar-like lugs that help to make the case appear as round as possible. The Patek Philippe Calatrava ref. 2572 employs the well-respected in-house caliber 10-200, which is a manual winding movement with running seconds at 6 o'clock.
|Serial||42XXXX / 74XXXX|
|Material||18K Yellow Gold|
|Strap||2pc Black Alligator Strap W/ 18K YG Patek Philippe Tang Buckle|
The beautiful and ultra-round 18K yellow gold case measures 36mm, which is considered very large for its era. The condition of the case remains exceptional with the original design integrity fully present with no notable evidence 0f previous polishing visible and only light signs of use shown. The watch comes with its original crown signed with the Patek Philippe Cross. The watch comes supplied on a 2pc black alligator strap with its original 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe tang buckle.
The original satin silver dial is a classic Calatrava design, simple and exquisite, with the sole numeral at 12 and gold batons for the rest of the dial markers. The dial also features the classic Calatrava-style drilled minute track which adds a welcomed depth to the dial. The dial itself displays very minimal age and no notable damage. The original yellow gold hands are in excellent condition as well.
The watch comes with an Extract From The Archives from Patek Philippe. The watch was recently serviced and is keeping time perfectly, backed by our 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.