Aquanaut 5164A Travel Time SS / Rubber
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Aquanaut 5167A SS "TIFFANY & CO"
Ref. No 5167A-001 TIFFANY
Patek Philippe Calatrava Manual Wind 18K Rose Gold
Ref. No 5123r-001
5271P Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Platinum Black DIAMONDS UNWORN
Ref. No 5271P-001
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 5270G Chronograph 18K White Gold FIRST SERIES
Ref. No 5270G-001
Aquanaut 5168G 18K White Gold / Khaki Green Dial UNWORN 2020
Ref. No 5168G-010
(41446) Patek Philippe 5164 Aquanaut, 5164A-001, 5164A, stainless steel on a tropical rubber strap with a double fold over buckle, automatic Patek Philippe caliber 325 S C, date, additional time zone shown with the hollow hour indicator, day / night indicator for both time zones, centered sweep seconds, tropical dial, luminescent hands and hour indicators, display back, water resistant, diameter: 40mm, thickness: 8mm. Like New with...
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(41274) Patek Philippe 5140 P Ultra Thin Perpetual Calendar, 5140P-001, 5140P001, platinum case on a strap with a platinum deployant buckle, automatic Patek Philippe caliber 240 Q movement, day, date, month, year, moon phases, 24 hours indicator, 48 hour power reserve, blue dial with applied white gold stick markers, sapphire crystal, display back, water resistant to 30 meters. diameter: 37.2mm, thickness: 8.5mm. Like New with wind...
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(41066) Patek Philippe 5196 R Calatrava, 5196R, 18k rose gold case on an alligator strap with a matching 18k rose gold buckle, manual wind Patek Philippe caliber 215 PS movement, small seconds at 6 o'clock, silver dial with applied rose gold hour markers, sapphire crystal, water resistant to 25 meters, size: 37mm, thickness: 8mm. Like New with Patek Philippe box and papers dated 2022
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(41377) Patek Philippe 5270J-001 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph, 5270J 5270J-001, 18K yellow gold with an 18K yellow gold deployant buckle, manual wind Patek Philippe caliber CH 29‑535 PS Q, perpetual calendar, leap year indicator, day / night indicator, 65-hour power reserve, silver dial, yellow gold hands and markers, sapphire crystal, display back, size: 41mm. Like New with with additional solid case back, setting pin, box, and ...
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(40686) Patek Philippe 5065, Aquanaut, Reference 5065/1A-001, stainless steel on a Patek rubber strap with Patek deployant also comes with the oem stainless steel bracelet, Automatic, date, centered sweep second, tropical dial, luminescent hands and hour indicators, diameter: 38mm, thickness: 8mm, display back, water resistant, Like New with Box and Papers dated December 2005.
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(41059) Patek Philippe 5167 Aquanaut 5167/A-001 5167A001, stainless steel on a rubber strap with a double deployant clasp, automatic Patek caliber 325 SC, date at 3 o'clock, centered sweep seconds hand, tropical dial with applied luminous hour markers, luminescent hands, display back, water resistant, diameter: 40mm, thickness: 8mm. Like New with original box and papers dated September 2013.
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(41015) Patek Philippe 3796 Calatrava, 3796R, the second generation of the original Patek Calatrava - the reference 96, 18k rose gold case on a strap with a matching 18k rose gold tang buckle, manual wind Patek Philippe caliber 215, silver dial with applied rose gold hour markers, rose gold dauphine-shaped hands, small seconds, sapphire crystal, size: 30.5 mm, thickness: 7 mm, water resistant. Like New with Patek Philippe Extract f...
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(40897) Patek Philippe 5960/1A Annual Calendar Chronograph Black Dial, this watch was purchased new by comedian and avid watch collector Ellen DeGeneres who had the case and bracelet completely brush finished giving the watch an amazing and unique look, 5960, 5960/1A-010, 59601A010, only produced for one year by Patek Philippe and now discontinued, stainless steel on a stainless steel bracelet, automatic Patek caliber CH 28-520 IRM...
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(40407) Patek Philippe 5235G Annual Calendar Regulator, 5235G-001, 5235G001, 18K white gold on an alligator strap with a white gold tang buckle, automatic Patek Philippe caliber 31-260 REG, 48-hour power reserve, annual calendar with day, date and month apertures, two tone silver dial with a vertical satin finish, sapphire crystal, display back, water resistant, size: 40.5, thickness: 11mm. Like New with Patek Philippe box and pap...
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(40972) Patek Philippe 5041G Perpetual Calendar Unique Piece 5041G023 5041 g 023 5041g-023, there were a very limited amount of 5041 made by Patek Philippe, this specific variant is undoubtedly unique with a blue dial, 18k white gold tonneau case on a strap with an 18k white gold deployant buckle, enlarged flat bezel, automatic caliber 240Q, day, date, month, year, moon-phase, 24-hour indicator, leap year, unique blue dial with app...
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(40868) Patek Philippe 5101R 10 Day Tourbillon, 5101R-001, 5101R, rose gold three step tonneau "art deco" case with rose gold tang buckle, manual wind Patek Philippe caliber 28-20 with hidden tourbillon, 10-day power reserve, COSC, silver dial with applied rose gold Arabic numerals, curved sapphire crystal, display back showing the tourbillon cage, size 30mm x 51mm, thickness 12.2mm. Like New with original box, COSC certificate, pr...
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(40404) Patek Philippe 5030P Gondolo Tonneau 5030P-001, 5030P001, .950 platinum tonneau case with a matching platinum deployant clasp, automatic Patek Philippe caliber 315 SC movement, black dial with diamond hour markers and leaf hands, date at 3 o'clock, sapphire crystal, solid case back, size 34mm, thickness 8mm. Like New with Patek box and papers dated August of 1997.
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(40140) Patek Philippe 5088 Calatrava, 5088/100P, 5088100P, hand engraved platinum and black enamel case on a leather strap with a hand engraved platinum tang buckle, automatic Patek caliber 240 movement, hand engraved black enamel and 18K white gold dial, sapphire crystal, display back, water resistant, diameter: 38mm, thickness: 8.3mm. Like New with Patek Philippe box and papers dated June of 2013.
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(39672) Patek Philippe 3998 P Calatrava, 3998P, 3998P, platinum case on a strap with a platinum buckle, automatic Cal. 315 SC, date, silver dial with diamond markers, centered sweep seconds hand, sapphire crystal, water-resistant to 25 meters, size: 34mm, Thickness: 7.5mm,circa 1998, Like New with Box and Papers.
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(41208) Patek Philippe 5130 P World Time Platinum, 5130P001, 5130P-001, platinum case on a strap with a platinum deployant buckle, automatic caliber 240 HU movement, second time zone, 24-hour indicator, guilloche blue center, historical ring shaped hour hand, display back, sapphire crystal, water resistant to 25 meters, diameter: 39.5mm, thickness: 10mm. Like New with box and papers August 2008.
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(41027) Patek Philippe 5015G Moon Phase Power Reserve, 5015, 18k white gold case on a strap with a matching 18k white gold tang buckle, automatic Patek Philippe caliber 240 movement, moon phase, offset constant seconds & power reserve indicator, white porcelain dial, hinged back case with movement display, sapphire crystal, water-resistant, diameter: 36mm, thickness: 10mm. Like New with Patek Philippe box and papers dated October o...
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(40730) Patek Philippe 5065 Aquanaut, 5065A-001, 5065A001, stainless steel on stainless steel bracelet, automatic Patek Philippe caliber 315 SC movement, date at 3 o'clock, centered sweep seconds hand, tropical dial with luminescent hands and hour indicators, display back, sapphire crystal, water resistant, diameter: 38mm, thickness: 8mm, Like New with Patek Philippe box and archive certificate (on order).
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(40386) Patek Philippe 3900 Nautilus Mid Size, 3900/1AJ, 3900/1, yellow gold and stainless steel on a yellow gold and stainless steel bracelet, Patek Philippe Calibre E23SC quartz movement, date window at 3 o'clock, centered sweep seconds hand, gold dial, luminescent hands and index hour markers, diameter: 32mm, thickness: 7mm, water resistant, sapphire crystal, caseback sticker is still intact on the watch. Excellent Condition wi...
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(39765) Patek Philippe 5110 G World Time, 5110G-001, 5110G, 18k white gold on a strap with an 18k white gold deployant buckle, automatic movement, second time zone, 24-hour indicator, display back, sapphire crystal, water resistant to 2.5 atm, diameter: 37mm, thickness: 9.8mm. Like New with Patek Philippe box and papers dated December of 2002.
(41149) Patek Philippe 5712 Jumbo Nautilus 5712/1A-001 stainless steel on a stainless steel bracelet, automatic movement, power-reserve indicator between 10 and 11 o'clock, subsidiary seconds dial at 4 o'clock, analog date at 7 o'clock with an integrated moon-phase display, blue/grey dial with luminescent hands and index numerals, size: 43mm x 38mm, thickness: 9mm, sapphire crystal, display back, water resistant 60 meters. Like New...
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(41028) Patek Philippe 5015R moon phase power reserve, 5015, 18k rose gold case on a strap with a matching 18k rose gold tang buckle, automatic Patek Philippe caliber 240 movement, moon phase, offset constant seconds & power reserve indicator, white lacquer dial, hinged back case with movement display, sapphire crystal, water-resistant, diameter: 36mm, thickness: 10mm. Like New with Patek Philippe box and papers dated February of 1...
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(41259) Patek Philippe 5040J Perpetual Calendar 5040, perpetual calendar, 18k yellow gold on a strap with a 18k yellow gold deployment buckle, Breguet numerals, automatic movement, day, date, month, year, moon phases, 24 hours indicator, leap year, sapphire crystal, water resistant, diameter: 35.8mm, thickness: 9mm. Like new with box and archive certificate (on order).
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(41043) Patek Philippe 5167 Aquanaut 5167/A-001 5167A001, stainless steel on a rubber strap with a double deployant clasp, automatic Patek caliber 325 SC, date at 3 o'clock, centered sweep seconds hand, tropical dial with applied luminous hour markers, luminescent hands, display back, water resistant, diameter: 40mm, thickness: 8mm. Like New with Patek Philippe box and papers dated December of 2018.
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(41095) Patek Philippe 5522A Pilot Calatrava 5522A-001, limited edition to 600 pieces for the New York Exhibition, stainless steel case with a stainless steel tang buckle unique to the watch, blue lacquer dial with large luminous arabic numerals, luminous hands and dial, automatic Patek Philippe caliber 324 S movement, display back engraved with the New York exhibition, sapphire crystal, size 42mm, thickness 9mm. Unworn and still f...
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(41022) Patek Philippe 5960/1A Annual Calendar Chronograph Black Dial, 5960, 5960/1A-010, 59601A010, only produced for one year by Patek Philippe and now discontinued, stainless steel on a stainless steel bracelet, automatic Patek caliber CH 28-520 IRM QA 24H, 55-hour power reserve, annual calendar with day, date & month at the top of the dial, 12 hour chronograph, power reserve indicator, black dial with applied steel numerals, r...
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(40841) Patek Philippe 3796 Calatrava 3796 D, 18k yellow gold on a strap with an 18k yellow gold buckle, manual wind caliber 215, white porcelain dial with black Roman numeral hour markers, hobnail bezel, small seconds, sapphire crystal, water resistant, size: 30.5mm, thickness: 7mm, Like New with Patek Philippe Box and original papers; dated October 1987.
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(41024) Patek Philippe 5131 G World Time with Enamel Cloisonne Dial, 5131G010, 5131G-010, 18K white gold on an alligator strap with an 18K white gold deployant buckle, automatic Patek Philippe caliber 240 HU movement, hand-painted enamel dial, second-time zone, 24-hour indicator, historical ring-shaped hour hand, display back, sapphire crystal, water-resistant to 25 Meters, diameter: 39.5mm, thickness: 10mm. Like new with box and p...
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(40940) Patek Philippe 5131P World Time with Enamel Cloisonne Dial 5131/1P-001 51311P001 5131/1P 001, extremely limited in production and now discontinued, 950 platinum on an integrated 950 platinum bracelet with a double deployant clasp, automatic Patek Philippe caliber 240 HU movement, hand painted enamel dial depicting the Arctic Circle (only 2 artists at Patek Philippe are qualified to do the enamel painting), second time zone,...
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(40704) Patek Philippe 3483 Vintage Calatrava, very rare stainless steel reference by Patek Philippe, the stainless steel case is in excellent condition and shows very minimal wear, manual wind Patek Philippe caliber 27 SC, original silver sunburst dial with white gold applied indexes has a nice and even patina, white gold hands, center sweep seconds, size 35mm, thickness 10mm, Excellent Condition with Patek Philippe Extract from t...
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(40941) Patek Philippe 5270/1R Perpetual Calendar Chronograph, 5270/1R-001, 18K rose gold with an 18K rose gold bracelet and double deployant clasp, manual wind Patek Philippe caliber CH 29-535 PS Q, perpetual calendar, leap year indicator, day / night indicator, 65-hour power reserve, black dial, rose gold hands and markers, sapphire crystal, display back, size: 41mm. Like New with additional solid case back, setting pin. Like New...
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(40786) Patek Philippe 5205 G Annual Calendar, 5205G010, 5205G 010, 18K white gold on a strap with an 18K white gold tang buckle, automatic Patek Philippe caliber 324 movement, 48-hour power reserve, annual calendar, day, date, month, moon phase and 24-hour indicator at 6 o'clock, central sweep seconds hand, 2-tone black dial with applied stick hour markers, sapphire crystal, display back, water-resistant to 30 meters, diameter: 40...
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(40461) Patek Philippe 5196 R Calatrava, 5196R, 18k rose gold case on an alligator strap with 18k rose gold tang buckle, manual wind caliber 215 PS, small seconds at 6 o'clock, silver dial with applied rose gold hour markers, sapphire crystal, water resistant to 25 meters, size: 37mm, thickness: 8mm. Like New with original Patek Philippe leather folio certificate dated June of 2020.
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(40660) Patek Philippe 5450 P ADVANCED RESEARCH Annual Calendar, 5450P-001, 5450P, Limited Edition to 300 Pieces, platinum case on a strap with a platinum deployant buckle, automatic Patek Philippe caliber Calibre 324 S IRM QA LU, silicon escape wheel, spiromax balance spring, annual calendar with day date month and moon phase, power reserve indicator, center sweep second hand, salmon dial with applied charcoal numerals and hour ma...
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(41280) Patek Philippe 5905R Complications Brown Dial, 5905R-001, rose gold with a rose gold tang buckle, automatic Patek Philippe caliber ch28-250 QA 24h movement, annual calendar displayed through the windows, flyback chronograph, brown sunburst dial with applied rose gold indices, sapphire crystal, display back, size 42mm, thickness 13.8mm. Unworn with Patek box and papers dated September of 2020.
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(40460) Patek Philippe 5235G Annual Calendar Regulator, 5235G-001, 5235G001, 18K white gold on an alligator strap with a white gold tang buckle, automatic Patek Philippe caliber 31-260 REG, 48-hour power reserve, annual calendar with day, date and month apertures, two tone silver dial with a vertical satin finish, sapphire crystal, display back, water resistant, size: 40.5, thickness: 11mm. Like New with Patek Philippe box and pape...
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(41192) Patek Philippe 5170 P Chronograph, 5170P-001, 5170P001, the 5170P was made in a very short production run and is now discontinued by Patek Philippe, platinum case on a strap with a platinum deployant buckle, manual wind Patek Caliber CH 29-535 PS, 65-hour power reserve, 30-minute chronograph, blue sunburst dial with 9 applied baguette-cut diamond hour markers, sapphire crystal, display back, size: 39mm, thickness: 8.5. Like...
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(38751) Patek Philippe 3514/4 Calatrava Automatic Circa 1970s, 18k yellow gold on an integrated 18k yellow gold bracelet with a Patek signed buckle (the bracelet will fit up to a 7 1/4 inch wrist), the yellow gold case is in excellent condition with a deep hallmark on the crown side of the case, automatic Patek Philippe Caliber 27-460M movement with Genève seal, sunburst champagne dial with applied hour markers, double signed by th...
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(40618) Patek Philippe 5146 P Annual Calendar, 5146P-001, 5146P, platinum on a strap with a platinum deployant buckle, automatic Patek caliber 324 S movement, annual calendar, day, date, month, moonphase, power reserve indicator, centered sweep seconds hand, grey dial with applied numerals, diamond on the case at 6 O'Clock, sapphire crystal, display back, water resistant to 2.5 atm, diameter: 39mm, thickness: 11.2mm. Like New with ...
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(40377) Patek Philippe 5235/50R-001 Annual Calendar Regulator, 523550R001, 18K rose gold on an alligator strap with a rose gold tang buckle, automatic Patek Philippe caliber 31-260 REG, 48-hour power reserve, annual calendar with day, date and month apertures, two tone charcoal grey dial with a vertical satin finish, sapphire crystal, display back, water resistant, size: 40.5, thickness: 11mm. Like New with Patek Philippe box and p...
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(41227) Patek Philippe 6007A Calatrava automatic "Celebrating the New Manufacture in Geneva",6007A-001, 6007A001, Pateks's first watch of 2020 issues in 1,000 pieces world wide, stainless steel on a textile and leather strap with a stainless steel tang buckle, automatic Patek Philippe caliber 324 SC, 45 hour power reserve, central sweep seconds hand, date at 3 o'clock, gray-blue dial with with "carbon"-style texture at the center, ...
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(40408) Patek Philippe 3998 P Calatrava, 3998P, Reference 3998P, platinum case on a strap with a platinum deployant clasp, automatic Caliber 315 SC, date, black dial with diamond markers, centered sweep seconds hand, sapphire crystal, water-resistant to 25 meters, size: 34mm, thickness: 7.5mm. Like New with Patek Philippe box and papers dated March of 1999.
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(41114) Patek Philippe 5212 Calatrava Weekly Calendar 5212A001 5212 A 001, a brand new complication from Patek Philippe in a unique case, released at Basel 2019, stainless steel vintage style case with two-tiered lugs, on a calfskin strap with a matching stainless steel tang buckle, new automatic Patek Philippe cailber 26-330 S C J SE movement, 45-hour power reserve, silver opaline dial with applied black polished hour markers and ...
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(40610) Patek Philippe 5712 Jumbo Nautilus Power Reserve Moon 5712R-001 5712R, 18K rose gold on a strap with an 18K rose gold deployant buckle, automatic Patek caliber 240 ps irm c lu, power reserve indicator between 10 and 11 O'clock, subsidiary seconds dial at 4 O'clock, analog Date between 6 and 9 O'clock with an integrated moon-phase display, grey dial with luminescent hands and index numerals, sapphire crystal, display back, w...
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(41090) Patek Philippe 5327G Perpetual Calendar Grande Complication, 18k white gold case on an alligator strap with a Patek Philippe deployment buckle, automatic Patek Philippe caliber 240 Q QR movement, perpetual calendar with day date month and moonphase indicator, 48 hour power reserve, blue laquer dial with applied white gold Breguet numerals, sapphire crystal, water resistant, size 39mm, Like New with original winding box, set...
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(41184) Patek Philippe 5167 Tiffany & Co Aquanaut, 5167A-001, 5167A, very rare watch with the Tiffany & Co. signature, years-long waiting list, stainless steel on a tropical rubber strap with a double fold-over buckle, automatic movement caliber 325 S C, date, centered sweep second, tropical dial with Tiffany & Co signature at 6 o'clock, luminescent hands and hour indicators, display back, water resistant, diameter: 40mm, thickness...
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(40928) Patek Philippe 5080 Neptune 5080/1A 50801A001 50801A, stainless steel on an integrated stainless steel bracelet with a double folding deployant buckle, automatic Patek Philippe caliber 315 SC movement, black dial with applied luminous Roman numerals and printed white minute track, date at 3 o'clock, centered sweep seconds hand, luminous hands, diameter: 36mm, thickness: 8.5, sapphire crystal, water resistant, Excellent Cond...
(40980) Patek Philippe Aquanaut 4960A-010 Japan Edition, 4960, stainless steel on a rubber strap with a stainless steel deployant buckle, quartz movement, blue tropical dial date at 3 o'clock, sapphire crystal, size 30mm. Unworn with Patek Philippe box and papers dated February of 2001.
(41078) Patek Philippe 5235/50R-001 Annual Calendar Regulator, 523550R001, 18K rose gold on an alligator strap with a rose gold tang buckle, automatic Patek Philippe caliber 31-260 REG, 48-hour power reserve, annual calendar with day, date and month apertures, two tone charcoal grey dial with a vertical satin finish, sapphire crystal, display back, water resistant, size: 40.5, thickness: 11mm. Like New with Patek Philippe box and p...
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(40177) Patek Philippe 5204R Split Second Perpetual Calendar Chronograph, 5204R-001, 5204R001, 18k rose gold case with an 18k rose gold deployant buckle, manual wind Patek Philippe caliber CHR 29‑535 PS Q, day, month, leap year, day/night indicators, date at 6 o'clock, silver opaline dial with applied rose gold luminous hour markers, split second function done through the crown, sapphire display back, size 40.2mm, thickness 14.3mm....
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(39898) Patek Philippe 3945/1 3945J FIRST SERIES, 18k yellow gold case on an integrated 18 yellow gold bracelet, the watch will currently fit approximately a 7 1/2" wrist. Automatic Patek Philippe caliber 240Q movement, white dial with day, date, month, leap year, moonphase, am/pm indicator, applied gold stick indexes and yellow gold dauphine shaped hands, first series dial with sunken subdails, diameter: 36mm, thickness: 9mm, Exce...
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As rare and finely constructed timepieces, Patek Philippe watches are excellent stores of value. Recently, the collecting public’s attention has been focused mainly on sports models like the Nautilus and Aquanaut, which in turn resulted in a meteoric increase in the prices for these models. In 2017, a stainless steel Nautilus ref. 5711/1A-001 was worth around $35,000. Now, after the model was discontinued in 2021, the 5711 is worth well over $100,000. Apart from the sports models, other more complicated references in the Patek Philippe catalog such as the 3970, 5970, 5270, and many others have also seen dramatic increases in the past few years.
Patek Philippe does not officially disclose the number of watches it produces each year but industry experts estimate that the company puts out roughly 60,000 watches annually.
Patek Philippe is currently owned by the Stern family of Switzerland who acquired the company in 1932 from members of the founding Philippe family. The current president is Thierry Stern and his father, Philippe Stern, acts as Honorary President. The Sterns are heavily involved in all aspects of Patek Philippe's business, including both marketing and production. Both Thierry and Philippe have been credited with some of Patek Philippe's most notable references, including the 3970 and 5970. It has been reported that Thierry Stern personally evaluates the quality, and particularly the sound, of every minute repeater that leaves the Patek Philippe manufacture.
The Patek Philippe seal is a symbol used by the company to guarantee quality. In use since 2009, the seal guarantees the quality of the entire watch, not just the movement, and covers the standard of finishing, aesthetics, and reliability. The Patek Philippe seal also guarantees the accuracy of the watch, with a tolerance of no more than -3/+2 seconds per day which is stricter than the COSC industry standard of -4/+6 seconds per day.
The Calatrava Cross is Patek Philippe's distinctive logo. The manufacture registered the image of the Calatrava Cross in 1887, and it has since been adopted as an unmistakable identifier of the Patek Philippe brand. The logo consists of a cross, with lilies adorning each of the 4 branches. The Calatrava Cross has its origins in a 12th century order of Spanish knights.
The legacy of Patek Philippe began by the word of mouth of European royalty, perhaps the most effective form of advertising of its day. These crown heads of state eagerly sanctioned the artistry of Antoine Patek, a one-time Polish soldier who recognized the superb public relations power of monarchs. Like the earliest clockmakers, Patek received his seminal marketing advantage via kings, queens, sultans, dukes, and countesses, including Prince Christian IX and Princess Louise of Denmark, and King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy. This grand company makes the worlds’ finest, most sophisticated watches, and with all due respect to the other brilliant Swiss, Italian, French, and German watchmakers, this brand occupies the top of the pyramid with legendary quality, dedication to tradition, and commitment to horologic innovation. They manufacture their own parts and movements, and it usually takes at least a year to produce each and every watch.
Patek Philippe has created and owns more innovations and “bests” than anyone else in the industry, including the first bracelet wristwatch in 1868. They made the most expensive watch ever sold in 1932, and the most complicated watch ever made in 1989. One at a time, they make the most beautifully crafted, most accurate, and complicated wristwatches in the world. They have over 80 patents on the chronograph, the perpetual calendar, the minute repeater, the Gyromax balance spring, and many dozens more.
Antoine (Antoni) Norbert de Patek (1812-1877) was a Polish soldier and veteran of the 1830 revolution against Russian domination. In 1833 he sought political asylum in France and then Geneva, Switzerland because the Russians insisted that Poles who fought in the insurrection must leave the country; he was lucky to keep his life, unlike many other Poles who had served in the war against the Russian Czar. Patek was a Renaissance intellect with talents as a warrior, a true artist, and he had great abilities in business, as well as knowledge and interests in many other areas. He became a student of Swiss painter Alexandre Calame, the prominent, romantic realist landscapist who had gained fame in Berlin as an exponent of the Dusseldorf School.
One of Antoni Patek's earliest fascinations was with horology; his preoccupation with clocks and watches trumped his other formidable talents. Living in the watch capital of the world, Patek began buying watch components and movements, eventually building a trade in fine Swiss timepieces, selling them to wealthy and influential Polish clients. He was a naturally gifted salesman, and with his instinctive appreciation for the highest quality, his business grew quickly - fueled by his combined horologic passion and an understanding of the true meaning of artistry. At the age of 27, intent on the formidable task of creating his own company, Patek formed a partnership with a fellow Polish displaced ex-soldier and watchmaker, Francois (František) Czapek, who was a year younger, and was originally born a Bohemian Czech in Somanice. They registered their new manufactory on May 1, 1839, as Patek, Czapek & Cie. Patek continued to acquire Swiss pocket watch and clock movement blanks (ebauches), as well as the finest hand-made cases from other established Swiss watch companies, who were already leading the European world in horology. Czapek, the brilliant technician, combined and reinvented the finest pocket watch components in their small shop, and being a naturally gifted designer, he also began creating his own case architecture. Patek, the Polish outsider artist, and Czapek, with his superior engineering abilities, entered into direct competition with the other Swiss watchmakers including Breguet. They were absolutely fearless, with charming old-world manners and an indomitable entrepreneurial spirit that seemed to immediately pay off. After only a year - by July of 1840 - the workshop had six experienced Polish technicians who were producing 200 timepieces a year from individual orders, while the Patek name immediately spread among wealthy clients.
In 1843 Antoni Patek was granted Swiss citizenship, and the next year he was introduced to French watchmaker Jean Adrien Philippe (1814-1894), a young horologist who had invented an astonishingly thin watch as well as a revolutionary keyless winding mechanism, two remarkable steps towards the era of the wristwatch. On April 18, 1845, the firm was dissolved when Patek and Czapek had begun to have problems; their chemistry as partners appeared to be far less than a good match. Patek immediately made young Philippe the head watchmaker, and they were joined by Vincent Gostkowski, whose communication skills and pragmatic talents for numbers filled in the void. In their new agreement, Patek ran the business, direction, and marketing, Gostkowski was the firm’s accountant and correspondent, and Philippe was in charge of the manufactory. In 1845 they produced their first pocket watch with a minute repeater. By 1850 the workshop was producing Philippe’s own movement designs on the newest machinery. By 1851 Gostkowsky had left the concern, and the twin partnership of Antoni Patek and Jean Philippe was registered in Geneva as a corporation named Patek Philippe & Cie, a duo for the ages. Their first pocket watches were marked with “PP” on the dial-face, and were wound by turning the crown, which was also Philippe’s invention.
The Horologist Philippe was in charge of production and development, while the superb salesman, Patek began traveling around the world to gather wealthy and influential customers. He understood how to market to the powerful, gifting Queen Victoria with one of the newest watches during the Great Exhibition in the Crystal Palace in 1851. It was a gift that kept on giving when at the Universal Exhibition in London in 1857, both Queen Victoria and Prince Albert purchased new Patek Philippe pocket watches, launching the stratospheric prestige of the brand. Soon Patek Philippe was available at Rodanet in Paris, at Eli Mayer in Leipzig, and in Madrid and Moscow. Among the smitten customers were Christian IX and Princess Louise of Denmark, the Egyptian sultan Hussein Kamel, and the Italian Duke Victor Emmanuel III. As world royalty heartily embraced Patek Philippe, the firm produced the very first Swiss wristwatch for The Countess Koscowicz of Hungary in 1868.
With a new international consciousness, the world was described for the first time by 24 time zones in 1870, and Louis Cottier, an independent Geneva watchmaker, invented a brilliant universal time indicator mechanism allowing pocket watches to tell the local time in several world capitals. This remarkable futuristic innovation was immediately utilized in several Patek Philippe universal time watches (Currently the ref. 5230). Not long after that, Patek Philippe became one of the first watchmakers to be represented in the United States, entering into an exclusive contract with Tiffany & Co. in New York.
When Antoni Patek died at the age of 65 in 1877, Jean Philippe inherited the firm as sole owner. In 1881 Philippe patented his precision regulator, and in 1889 he registered his perpetual calendar mechanism. In 1887 the company had registered their Spanish Calatrava Cross as the Patek Philippe brand symbol. Jean passed away in 1894, but by the turn of the century, affluent and fashionable people and world leaders, including Americans, were carrying Patek Philippes.
In 1901, Patek Philippe & Cie was sold and renamed to "Ancienne Manufacture d’Horlogerie Patek Philippe & Cie, S.A."
In 1902 they received their patent for the split seconds chronograph, and in 1909 they created a milestone – the “Duke of Regla” coat-of-arms pocket watch, with a minute repeater that played the Westminster chimes on a grande and petite sonnerie. In 1916, during World War I, Patek introduced the first ladies’ wristwatch containing a five-minute repeating mechanism. In 1922-23 they debuted the first split-seconds chronograph wristwatch, with a round case design that’s a precursor to the Calatrava line. By this time the wristwatch was becoming wildly popular, replacing the pocket and fob watch. The European watchmakers responded to their new international demand by innovating with novel complications. In 1925 Patek Philippe brought out the first perpetual calendar wristwatch – the caliber 97925. It automatically adjusted itself for the months with only 30 or 28 days, as well as for leap years. The first was sold to American watch connoisseur Thomas Emery in 1927. Patek introduced moon phase displays, the first bracelet chronographs with split-second mechanisms, and the astounding minute repeater watches. Also, in 1927, automobile magnate James Ward Packard received his Patek Philippe astronomical pocket watch, purportedly the most complicated watch in the world, including a celestial chart with the constellations in the sky above Packard’s home in Ohio.
The economic downfall of 1929 began a slowing of production that lasted throughout the Depression and the 1930’s. By this time Patek Philippe had secured its position in the world enough to outlast the crisis, being a familiar, international premier brand, such as Rolls Royce. The company was sold again in 1932 and was purchased by the Stern brothers, Charles and Jean, who changed the firm’s name back to its prestigious and permanent Patek Philippe S.A. (The company still remains in the Stern family to this day). Despite the world's great economic depression the Stern brothers continued undaunted with their creative vision for Patek Philippe. They debuted the first model of their new, signature line – the Ref. 96 Calatrava – elegant, sleek, and the hybrid of an avant-garde aesthetic with a touch of Bauhaus simplicity. The circular Calatrava cases, whether wide or thin, with polished bezels or decorated with hobnail patterns, had an immediately identifiable style. They were described as “impervious to short term trends,” or in other words, “timeless.” The shape and solidarity of the Calatrava line became one of the world’s most copied watches. Some of the earliest were remarkable, with perpetual calendar and triple date functions, minute repeaters, and age and phases of the moon. The Stern brothers chose the name Calatrava from the legend of a Spanish religious order that defended the Calatrava Citadel against the invasion of the Moors in the Middle Ages, which fit in nicely with the Patek brand symbol, the even-quadrant Templar-like cross with its elegant filigree design.
In 1933 the Sterns held their own great international watch contest for their two best clients when millionaire banker Henry Graves competed with automobile magnate James Ward Packard for ownership of the world’s most complicated watch. After the legendary and highly talked-about Packard astronomical watch, Graves, the competitive magnate who would not be outdone, commissioned Patek to surpass the already legendary 1927 watch. Rising to the challenge, it took the company three years to engineer and produce a monumental timepiece for Graves, costing him an incredible 60,000 Swiss Francs (500 percent more than the watch belonging to Packard). Named “The Super complication,” it had a stunning two-dozen different functions, including a perpetual calendar with phases and age of the moon, with an innovative indicator of sunset and sunrise. This unique masterwork sold in 1999 for $11,000,000 at Sotheby’s, which set the record for the most expensive watch to ever sell at auction.
In 1941, at the start of World War II, Patek initiated regular manufacture of their perpetual calendar wristwatches (Ref. 1526), as well as the ref. 590 time-only watch produced from 1938 to 1948, the staples that allowed them to survive the war.
In 1944, at the Geneva Observatory Competition, Patek received a startling amount of first prizes for their popular marine chronometers, sold to officers with money in every navy. In 1948, competing with the new Japanese post-war quartz watch industry, and to the shock of the other Swiss watchmakers, Patek opened a proprietary department for the electronic quartz movement technology. They endured the old-world criticism of the other watch companies, although many of the makers of mechanical movements gave in and also eventually entered the quartz phase, even though they knew that the premier accuracy of the standardized quartz battery mechanisms couldn't replace the haute horology of the precision mechanical movements.
Patek received patents from 1949 to 1951 for their Gyromax monometallic balance wheel, defining the state of the art for enduring decades for other watchmakers as well. In 1950, in a fascinating cold war response to a technological need in the scientific communities, they introduced the ref. 2509, an antimagnetic watch designed for laboratories with high electro-magnetic fields, including the aeronautics industry such as NASA and the blossoming space programs. It had a stainless-steel case and bracelet with a soft anti-magnetic iron core for research scientists whose proximity to overwhelming magnetic fields tended to abrogate the normally metallic watch mechanisms. They introduced the ref. 2508 Calatrava in stainless-steel in 1951, ushering in a new era of more affordable and enduring “time only” fine Swiss watches that have lasted to today. The revolutionary first self-winding wristwatch, ref. 2526 was released in 1952, again installing Patek at the top of cutting-edge horology with the radical 12-600 AT movement that oscillated at a frequency of 19,800 vph (2.75 Hz), with its 18K gold guilloche rotor balance weight and swan neck index regulator.
From 1953 to 1956 Patek initiated a unique new technological era with patents for their self-winding movements. In 1956 they engineered the first totally electronic clock, and from 1959 to 1962, meeting the needs of the dawning of the jet age of personal and corporate air travelers, they were awarded patents for GMT and world time zone watches, suiting the new requirements for worldwide commerce.
During the 1960’s Patek expanded their technological edge with a new precision timekeeping record at the 1962 Geneva Observatory Competition. In 1965, after the extensive testing of every Swiss-made watch, the world learned that Patek had been the most accurate watchmaker from the years of 1880 to 1964. In 1968 they debuted the first novel model of the Ellipse line - the revolutionary oval ref. 3548, a stunning simple design with a lapis-colored blue dial. In 1976 Patek released the futuristic first example of their Nautilus sports collection in stainless steel, the ref. 3700/1. The following year they were awarded a patent for their extremely thin caliber 240 automatic movement for the Nautilus, an engine that would be placed in some of the most important timepieces ever made, including the Ellipses.
Patek introduced the first automatic completely skeletonized wristwatch in 1981, the ref. 3878, with gilded components all throughout the open-worked mechanism in an extremely thin case. In 1986 Patek was awarded their patent for the retrograde perpetual calendar, and in 1989, to mark their 150th anniversary, they released an unequaled masterpiece – their caliber 89 astronomical watch - with 33 different functions and 1,728 unique components, which was the most complicated pocket timepiece ever created; each example required nine years to produce. 1989 also brought several Patek masterpieces to further celebrate the anniversary, including their Officer's watch ref. 3960 in an edition of 2,200 examples, as well as the magnificent homage to the Patek jump hour watch of the 1920’s – the delicate tonneau-shaped ref. 3969, produced in a small edition of 500.
1993 brought the launch of the tonneau-shaped art deco-inspired Gondolo collection, beginning with ref.4824. At the Baselworld exhibition that year Patek also debuted their ref/ 5050 – the first perpetual calendar wristwatch with a retrograde date and a moon phase aperture. Their annual calendar mechanism received a patent in 1996, while their annual calendar watch (now manually adjusted only once every 365 days) was voted the watch of the year at Baselworld. They also moved into their new building in Plan-les-Ouates. In 1998 their novel state-of-winding indicator was awarded its patent, the retrograde date arc complication was introduced on the ref. 5059 watch, and they released their ref. 5055, an incredibly complicated automatic with a power reserve, a date, and moon phases. Just before the millennium, in 1999, they debuted the elegant and feminine ladies Twenty-4 collection, decorated with top Wesselton diamonds, represented by the ref. 4910/10A.
For the Millennium celebration Patek Philippe created an incredible double-sided pocket watch – the Star Caliber 2000 - which had 21 complications. Also being introduced was the deco-tonneau design watch with a 10-day power reserve ref. 5100, in a limited edition of 3100 with different precious metals. In 2001 they debuted the most complicated double face wristwatch ever made, the spectacular Sky Moon Tourbillon ref. 5002, and in 2003 they brought out the rectangular Art Deco 10-Day Tourbillon ref. 5101. In 2005 Patek advanced research announced a watch using their new silicon escape wheel, and in 2006 the Spiromax® silicon-based balance spring was introduced. The 30th anniversary of the Nautilus collection coincided with the newly renovated Geneva Salon in 2006, and in that same year the Geneva seal of quality, which had been stamped on every Patek watch, was replaced by the Pate Philippe quality seal.
In 2009 Philippe Stern, the 3rd generation chairman of the Stern family ownership of Patek Philippe, passed the torch to his son Thierry, who accepted the role of president.
The Patek factories, with 200 skilled professional workers, and the museum, is still located in Geneva; with the enhanced complexity of the watches and the evolved high prices, production is understandably lower. During Patek's 160 years in the business, they have manufactured 600,000 watches, with the average timepiece requiring at least nine months to complete, with the more complicated watches taking even longer. The entire process takes place at the Patek factory by thoroughly trained master technicians with unequalled abilities, who labor in the company’s specialized workshops.
There are currently eight official lines produced by Patek Philippe. Each style reflects philosophy of design, knowledge of the past, and the traditional Patek virtue of always looking to the future. There are some vintage as well as recent adjunct model lines such as the Square, the Tank, the Pagoda, and the Top Hat, precursors to the Gondolo collection.
The Calatrava is still Patek’s signature model. From its debut with the iconic ref. 96 during the beleaguered Great Depression days of 1932, the Calatrava watches invoke Patek Philippe's precision, novel artistry and style. The Calatravas have elegantly thin cases with broad polished bezels or hobnail high relief surrounding the dials. Noting the immediate popularity of these watches, nearly all the Swiss watchmakers have tried to copy them, trying to capture the sleek lines and elegance; however, Calatrava is unique to Patek Philippe. With the immediate popularity and acclaim for this new, elegant offering, the Stern brothers adopted the Calatrava cross as their now familiar company logo from the legend of a Spanish religious order that defended the Calatrava Citadel against the invasion of the Moors in the Middle Ages, fitting nicely with the traditional Patek brand symbol of the Spanish knight. The Calatrava quickly became known as the epitome of the round wristwatch, as well as the most recognizable example of the Patek Philippe style. Supremely elegant, it affects every new generation of watch aficionados with its timeless simplicity and perfection. As of 2021 there are 15 Calatrava models for men and women, available in white, rose gold, and platinum.
The Nautilus was first introduced in 1976 and was a contemporary horologic revolution, a sports watch based on the universal shape of the porthole of a maritime vessel. The first Nautilus 3700/1, was made in stainless steel, but the line has been expanded into rose and white gold, with several complications, some with encrusted diamonds and metal bracelets, making them suitable as dress watches instead of just a sports watch. The Nautilus is known for its octagonal bezel, its porthole-shaped case, and dials with horizontal embossed stripes. In forty-years it has evolved into a collection of exciting examples for both men and women. As of 2021 there are 31 models available in white and rose gold, and stainless steel.
The Aquanaut is one of the world's great marine watches. It debuted in 1997 with a rounded, octagonal case inspired by the Patek Nautilus, water resistant to 120 meters, the ref. 5060 It has a sealed dive case and screwed down crown and when it was introduced in 1997, the Aquanaut created a huge sensation. It had a “Tropical” composite rubber strap ultra-resistant to salt-water, wear, and UV radiation. As of 2021 there are 17 models made in stainless steel and rose gold with an assortment of straps, metal bracelets, and even diamonds for women.
The Gondolo series debuted in 1993 as Patek’s homage to Art Deco art and aesthetic movement of the 1920's and early 1930's. Art Deco pioneers utilized their rules of style and “form for function” as well as artistic beauty, producing architecture, furniture, industrial design, jewelry, and clothing. The Gondolo watches are a contemporary re-examination of the stepped stylistic lines of that school and its philosophy. This collection is named for the “Chronometro Gondolo” pocket watches created by Patek Philippe for the Latin Brazilian Gondolo & Labouriau jewelers in Rio de Janeiro in 1902. With its often diamond-encrusted rectangular, tonneau, or cushion-shaped cases, the Gondolo combines most of Patek Philippe’s “form” watches, the term for all those that are not round, such as the Square, the Pagoda, the Tank, and the Top Hat. Their strong lines, timeless style and geometric simplicity are innovative interpretations of the art deco style, which was still influential in 1932 during one of Patek Philippe’s own golden ages as the Stern Brothers took over the greatest watchmaking firm in the world. Wth the Gondolo, Patek Philippe has reinterpreted – with a subtle infusion of modernity – some of the historical watches that are part of its heritage and may be admired in the Patek Philippe Museum. As of 2021 there are currently 7 Gondolo watches made in rose or white gold, with bezel and dial designs utilizing fine white diamonds.
The Golden Ellipse was first introduced in 1968, a time of startling, novel fashion. The radical and innovative Ellipse has become one of the Patek Philippe flagships with its automatic, ultra-thin, simple elliptical case, and its design based on the golden mean, a mathematical division of geometric form discovered more than two thousand years ago. The Patek caliber 16.250 movement was designed especially for the Ellipse and other ladies’ watches, and the ref. 4826/21 has become one of the most beautiful women’s watches in the world. The Ellipse is one of Patek Philippe’s most recognized watches with the elliptical case, a combination of a circle and a rectangle. The most famous example had a blue dial with hands and hour markers floating over its depths, and it's still made today. Its design was inspired by the principle of the “golden section” discovered by the ancient Greek mathematicians. This so-called “divine” proportion, expressed as a ratio of 1 / 1.6181, also forms the basis of some of history’s greatest works of art and architecture. As of 2021 there are 3 models, both with the renowned Patek caliber 240 movement, produced in 18K rose gold or platinum.
The Twenty-4® series of ladies’ watches combine designs for active as well as stylish women, made for every occasion. The crowns include diamond or onyx buttons, and each watch has top Wesselton diamonds on the case, the bezel, or the bracelet. These thin, narrow watches have feminine elegance. They are perfect for fashionable business, dress, or casual wear. The Twenty-4 automatic self-winding line was introduced in 2018, featuring a round case with the caliber 324 S C movement with a date aperture and sweep seconds. As of 2021 there are 12 models in rose gold or stainless steel.
Complications are the extraordinary horologic special functions aside from simple time-telling that have always made Patek Philippe so formidable. From Jean Philippe’s first pocket watch with a minute repeater in 1845, to his 1881 patent for a precision regulator, and his novel perpetual calendar mechanism in 1889, Patek Philippe innovations have defined the company as being “on the prow of the ship.” After Jean Philippe’s death in 1894, the brand (In 1901 named "Ancienne Manufacture d’Horlogerie Patek Philippe & Cie, S.A."), continued to embrace the high complication technology, including a split seconds chronograph in 1902, their watch with a minute repeater playing the Westminster chimes on a grande and petite sonnerie in 1909, the first ever perpetual calendar wristwatch with the caliber 97925, and of course the watches custom made for connoisseur Thomas Emery as well as the 1927 astronomical pocket watch created for automobile magnate James Ward Packard (At that time the most complicated watch in the world). Patek introduced moon phase displays, the first bracelet chronographs with split-second mechanisms, and a host of other radical horologic creations.
These innovative complication and grand complication watches still set the bar for the modern era. The 1980's and '90's saw a number of impressive Perpetual Calendar Chronographs including the elegantly simply ref. 3450 in 1981, the 1987 ref. 3970 with its subsidiary dials for the constant seconds, 24-hours, moon phase, and a 30-minute chronograph totalizer. The ref. 5970 40mm Perpetual Calendar Chronograph was introduced in 2009, and Hollywood mogul Michael Ovitz – a passionate Patek devotee – helped design his extraordinary namesake Perpetual Calendar Split Second Chronograph 5004/1J-001 in 2011. The company continues to introduce notable Grand Complications timepieces such as the 2017 ref. 5316 with a minute repeater, a tourbillon, a perpetual calendar, a moon phase, and a retrograde date. In 2020 they released three new Grand Complications including the exquisite ref. 5303 minute repeater/tourbillon with the striking mechanism on the dial side, the ref. 5370 Split seconds chronograph, and the ref. 5270 chronograph-perpetual calendar. As of 2021 there are 35 Grand Complication models and 35 Complication watches.
Between the earliest days of Patek’s founding and their currently produced lines of watches, the superlative craftsmanship and visionary design has never missed a beat; they are literally better than ever.