The Calitrava was the premiere dress watch, first introduced in 1932, and has been the most iconic and elemental Patek design that has defied time itself.
New Old Stock Patek Philippe Calitrava
All original, mint condition, unpolished, unworn
Size 36mm with Skeleton Back
18kt Gold Case and Buckle
Perfect original White Porcelain Dial with Roman numerals, Breguet Hands and Sub Seconds.
Box, Guarantee, Booklets, Original Gubelin Bill of Sale
Black Strap Only: $17,875
Orange and Black Straps: $18,375
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.