Where Can I Buy Hands-On with The Rarest Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Wristwatch Ever Replica Watches Young Professional

That translated into watch-terminology means that the motion includes a flyback chronograph, an yearly calendar, a power-reserve signal (for what the brand notes anything between 45 and 55 hours, probably depending on to how long the chronograph is in operation), and also a day-night indication. Its base movement contains 302 components, while the smart (and just 2.48 mm thick) yearly calendar module adds yet another 154 parts to that. And while we frequently discuss endless calendars–calendars that require absolutely no adjustments before the year 2100–yearly calendars mean a wise transition between them and the classical calendars. Considering this is the newer version, I have not noticed many out there (though there are several white dial models available on the resale market). Time will tell if one or the other retains worth better, but it will be interesting to find out exactly what Patek unveils alongside their new products geared towards the younger market. Cost for your Patek Philippe 5960/1A Annual Calendar Chronograph in steel with black dial is unchanged at 45,000 CHF, which is just a hair over the same amount in US dollars. Considering that this is the newer version, I haven’t noticed many out there (though there are several white dial models available on the resale market). Time will tell if another holds value better, but it’s going to be interesting to see exactly what Patek unveils alongside their brand new products targeted towards the younger market. As I was reviewing my pictures of the otherwise quite fabulous looking fella, I could feel anger and frustration creeping up on me. What I could see was something painstakingly thought out and implemented to the finest detail, ruined just to impress the continuously distracted modern onlooker.My just theory for the occurrence of wrought crystals, such as the one on the Patek Philippe 5170P-001, is that it’s chosen because it looks more impressive and expensive to the untrained eye — and the grand boom that the watch industry experienced over the previous two decades sure brought along masses of untrained clients that, by character, flocked to the well-known prestige brands. I mean, picture the following scenario.

Only three of the Patek Philippe ref. 3449 were ever made. And this is one of them.

The ref. 3449 is uncommon enough that it is not especially well known, particularly in comparison to its closest equivalents, the refs. 3448 and 3450. Each of the three ref. 3449s made has been sold at auction in the last two decades (more than once for two examples), consistently achieving well over US$1m – it is a watch a small number of people will pay a large sum of money for.

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Beyond its scarcity, the ref. 3449 is intriguing because it represents an aesthetic cul-de-sac for Patek Philippe. It’s a beautiful design that went nowhere. Distinct from other Patek Philippe perpetual calendars with its unusual case, the 3449 was made in 1961, just as production of the earlier ref. 2497 perpetual calendar was ending. Its case is 37mm in diameter, with straight lugs and a thin profile, thanks to the smallish manual-wind cal. 23-300Q movement inside (its contemporaries were powered by wider and thicker automatic movements).

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Described by Christie’s in 2014 as “produced [at the] special request of Henri Stern, wishing to test the demand for a large size but very flat perpetual calendar wristwatch”, the ref. 3449 probably met with a lukewarm response; the ref. 3449 pictured here was produced in 1961 and only sold in May 1965. A year after the ref. 3449’s brief tenure, the ref. 3448 was unveiled and went on to enjoy nearly 20 years in the catalogue, becoming the definitive Patek Philippe perpetual calendar for the period.

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Despite being exceedingly uncommon, the ref. 3449 has been thoroughly documented. Sequentially numbered on their movements 799000, 799001 and 799002, the three examples of the ref. 3449 all have yellow gold cases and silvered dials.

But intriguingly, and perhaps proving the thesis that they were experimental watches, each of them has a slightly different case. According to Christie’s Patek Philippe 175 catalogue, “no. 791’000 is fitted with a triple-stepped bezel and angular lugs; the second, no. 791’001, with a double-stepped bezel and angular lugs; the third, the present no. 791’002, with triple-stepped bezel and elongated straight lugs, at least 1 mm. longer than those of its predecessors.”

The second of the series, movement number 799001, was sold for almost SFr300,000 in 1989 at The Art of Patek Philippe thematic sale marking the company’s 150th anniversary. The buyer was the Patek Philippe Museum, which has had the watch on display since. And the example with movement 799000 was last sold publicly in 2011 for SFr1.43m at Christie’s in Geneva, and is now owned by an important collector.

And then there is movement number 799002, which is inside the watch pictured here. Having changed hands at auction thrice in the last two decades, this ref. 3449 was sold November 2014 at Christie’s Patek Philippe 175 auction, where it went for SFr1.21m. And not too long ago, the watch was acquired by the current owner, a collector who, to put it mildly, knows what he’s doing.

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In the metal the ref. 3449 is instantly identifiable as unique in form. The 37mm case is large for the period, but the size is accentuated by the slimness and style of the case. Its is a classic flying saucer shape – tripled-stepped and downward sloping to a narrow rim, while the snap-on case back is convex. The stacked, sloping sides of the watch mean it sits thinner on the wrist than it looks in the hand.

Though the case shape is faintly reminiscent of a handful of Calatrava models like the refs. 2429 and 3445 as well as the ref. 2551 “Disco Volante”, it’s unusual for a complicated Patek Philippe, maybe even avant-garde for the period. And the manually-wound movement is less convenient than an automatic, which is perhaps why it went to no further.

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Notably, this example is engraved on the back with the name of the original owner, George E. Poston, the dates of his birthday and 30th birthday, as well as an abbreviated French phrase that translates as “Today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow”, borrowed from poet Rosemonde Gérard.

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A Texas real estate developer, George E. Poston bought the ref. 3449 – for US$5500 at the time – at Linz Brothers, a Dallas jeweller that was the biggest seller of Rolex watches in the United States in the 1950s. Now in his eighties, Mr Poston sold the ref. 3449 in the late 1980s, though he remembered it well and contributed to the Christie’s catalogue when the watch came to market in 2014. He was quoted in the catalogue as saying, “I have an investor’s mentality and a collector’s heart. I love history, French Impressionist paintings, cars, and watches. But if a stock goes up 1000%, I sell.” He still collects Patek Philippe watches today.

Though the watch has changed hands several times since it left the Linz store in 1965, it has remained in crisp condition. On the outside, the shape, finish and edges are correct, while the hallmarks and engraving remain strong. And the inside has been similarly well preserved. The dial is clean and original, with only the faintest of darkening of its silvered finish.

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Now a permanent resident in one of the world’s finest watch collections, this ref. 3449 is in good hands.


 

Should I Buy Up Close with the Patek Philippe World Time Chronograph Ref. 5930G Replica Wholesale Center

6006G, that gets about as near whimsical as an easy date and time watch from the newest can definitely get.The Calatrava Ref. 6006G is the successor to the outgoing Ref. 6000 which premiered back in 2005. Aesthetically similar to the outgoing 6000 series, the major shift in the 6006 is the much-needed size upgrade to 39mm out of 37mm. I think even those people who prefer a more classic sized watch would agree that 39mm is a fantastic compromise for a modern dress watch. Besides, if you’re not a fan of 39mm, I am sure you can come across an old 6000 out there.Now, onto the dialup, which has four surfaces that are unique. The black, black almost-grainy vertical ring indicates that the date in white Arabic numerals and you will notice the date hand pointing to the 18th from the image above. The red-lacquered arrow hand replaces the old lunar crescent, which I think is a fantastic move here as the arrow fits the aesthetic design of the watch more here. Moving inward in the ring ring is the circular brushed hour ring using a bigger number font in Arabic numerals to indicate the hours.Moving further inward is the moments scale, which is white (almost silvery) using a circular guilloché pattern. This exact same layout extends to the seconds subdial which stocks the ring design of the minutes scale. You can even observe the round guilloché pattern extending out from the center of the seconds subdial. This all leads to a richly textured and vibrant dial that would otherwise collapse flat considering the two-tone color scheme here.You’ll observe the off-centered seconds subdial between 4 and 5 o’clock and this has been among the primary identifying features of the Patek Philippe Watches – Grand Complications Celestial Replica Calatrava Ref. 5000, that was the opinion that preceded the now-outgoing Ref. 6000. 5000 used the 240 PS movement, which was characterized with this off-center seconds sub-dial. One of the very welcome refreshes from the Ref. 6006 is the usage of new broad, skeletonized hour and minute hands.

In the Patek Philippe 42mm Watches Replica Museum sits the ref. Ref 1415-1 HU, a one-off creation from the 1940s that marries the world time function with a one-minute chronograph with pulsometer scale. That was the only Patek Philippe timepiece ever with that combination of complications, until the World Time Chronograph Ref. 5930G-001.

The ref. 5930G is powered by the CH 28-520 HU movement, the same chronograph calibre found in the ref. 5905P chronograph with annual calendar. Added on top of the chronograph base movement is the familiar world time mechanism that was developed by Geneva watchmaker Louis Cottier in the 1930s.

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A button in the case at 10 o’clock advances the cities disc, hour hand and 24-hour scale. So all a traveller needs to do is to set the city corresponding to the local time zone to the 12 o’clock position. Local time will be shown on the hands, while the time in the world’s 23 other time zones can be read off the 24-hour scale.

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Because the cities disc takes up substantial real estate around the dial, the time-telling portion of the dial is somewhat compact. The central portion of the dial is decorated with a beautiful, geometric guilloche that is engine-turned by hand.

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The 30-minute counter for the chronograph is located at six o’clock, while the quarter seconds scale for the chronograph is sandwiched in between the cities and 24-hour discs, an odd but legible position.

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Commendably, the chronograph mechanism was revamped to fit the dial of the World Time Chronograph. That was done to shrink the minute register and move it closer to the central axis so as not to overlap with the world time discs. That being said, the 30-minute counter is limiting for the traveller who wants to time a flight.

Available only in white gold for now, the World Time Chronograph is a modest 39.5 mm in diameter, but chunky for a Patek Philippe being just under 13 mm thick. The screw down back contained a sapphire porthole revealing the movement.

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The lugs are “winglet” style, gorgeously shaped with a slight bevel along their flanks and stepped where they meet the case band. The form is based on Patek Philippe world time watches from the 1940s, notably the desirable ref. 2523.

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The World Time Chronograph ref. 5930G is priced at SFr65,000 including 9 percent Swiss tax. That’s equivalent to US$67,000. Deliveries will start in the third quarter of 2016.