Patek Philippe 96J Original Vintage Calatrava Watch Circa 1951-52
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|Reference number||Patek Philippe 96J Vintage Calatrava Watch circa 1953|
|Dealer product code||201215|
|Case material||Yellow gold|
|Year of production||1951 (Approximation)|
|Condition||(Worn with little to no signs of wear)|
|Scope of delivery||
No original box, no original papers
|Location||United States of America, California, Santa Monica|
|Power reserve||48 h|
|Number of jewels||18|
|Case material||Yellow gold|
|Case diameter||30.5 mm|
|Water resistance||Not water resistant|
|Bezel material||Yellow gold|
|Dial numerals||No numerals|
|Bracelet length||190 mm (115 mm / 75 mm)|
|Bracelet thickness||2.5 mm|
|Lug width||18 mm|
|Clasp material||Yellow gold|
|Buckle width||14 mm|
|Small seconds, Genevian Seal|
Patek Philippe 96J Vintage Calatrava watch. The watch is made in 18K yellow gold and the case measures 31 mm and is fitted with a 12"120 caliber manual wind movement # 967836 / 303590. The watch was made in 1951-2. The watch has a silver white dial with raised lapped gold indexes. The watch is triple signed, dial, movement, case back.
This example is in excellent condition, with strong hallmarks stamps on the side of the case, the back of the case and back of lug.
Essay: The reference 96 is a cornerstone of Patek Philippe production, and the first example of what is today possibly the most elegant and distinguished line of dress watches: the Calatrava collection. Launched in 1932, and was in production until 1973. It was not only the first Calatrava, but also one of the Patek Philippe’s first models to feature a reference number (the reference system was indeed introduced in 1932). The reference 96 was also amongst Patek Philippe’s first models to apply the Bauhaus design principle of “form follows function”. Indeed there are no additional and unnecessary adornments or decorations. The piece achieves its powerful impact thanks to clean, simple, and elegant lines. By many, reference 96 is considered the model against which every and all dress watches should be compared – a true benchmark for the category. Throughout its production cycle, many variations were made, with a diverse range of dials that collectors even today enjoy discovering. Reference 96 was introduced in the market in 1932 featuring either subsidiary or sweep center seconds. In this year, Charles and jean Stern bought Patek Philippe & Cie.
Date & Paperwork:
The watch was made in 1951-2, Additionally, the watch comes with a one year movement guarantee.
Reference Number: 96J
Year Manufactured: 1951-2
Movement: Manual wind 12"-400 caliber 18-jewel movement
Case Diameter: 30.5 mm
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