The Patek Complication, featuring an annual calendar (day, date, month), functioning moon phase, AM/PM register and chronograph is and has been the most iconic Patek design that has defied time itself.
New Old Stock Patek Philippe Calitrava
All original, mint condition, unpolished, unworn
Size 41mm with Skeleton Back + Second Rose Gold Back
Power Reserve 72 hours
18kt Rose Gold Case and Deployant Buckle
Perfect original Silver Diall with applied Rose Gold Indeces, Breguet Hands and Sub Seconds.
Wood Box, Guarantee, Booklets, Leather Case
Original Price $164,500
Jean and Charles Henri Stern, purchased a controlling interest in the fledgling company in 1932 and introduce a simplified, mainstream model that would broaden the appeal of Patek Philippe timepieces beyond high-end collectors, while still maintaining the brand’s exceptional reputation for quality and excellence in design and manufacturing. Their solution was the Patek Philippe Calatrava Reference 96.
The Patek Philippe Calatrava was the first dress watch.
Perfectly suited to just about any occasion, it is not by chance that the design of the original Calatrava has remained largely unchanged for decades.
The Calatrava takes its name from the ornate Calatrava cross, the cruciform symbol first used on the marching banners of the Calatrava knights who defended the Calatrava fortress against the Moors in 1158. This same symbol was registered as a trademark, alongside Patek Philippe & Cie, on April 27th, 1887, although it only started appearing more regularly on the crowns and movements of Patek Philippe watches from the 1960’s onwards. The use of the Calatrava name for this collection gives an indication of its significance to the brand, and indeed it has played a major role ever since.