Patek Philippe Calatrava
Stainless Steel - Ref. 565 Breguet Dial - Very rare
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|Dealer product code||370E|
|Year of production||1942|
|Condition||(Worn with little to no signs of wear)|
|Scope of delivery||
Original papers, no original box
|Price||Price on request [Negotiable]|
|Availability||Item is in stock|
|Case diameter||35 mm|
|Water resistance||3 ATM|
|Dial numerals||Arabic numerals|
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The introduction of the reference 565 reaffirms the pioneering spirit that has always animated Patek Philippe. In the early 1930s, much of the world was licking its wounds following the disastrous crisis of '29, which, in addition to a general collapse of all economic sectors, had also caused a drop in demand for goods.In this regard, every company had to work hard to offer products at a lower cost but which were still in line with its own quality standards. Well, even Patek Philippe, already known at the time as one of the most prestigious maisons, had the need to study models which could satisfy the lower propensity to spend of its customers.
This need met with another trend of a practical nature, namely the desire for watches with water-resistant cases. The combination of these two requirements gave rise to the idea of a watch that was revolutionary in terms of the classic dictates of Patek Philippe, namely a steel timepiece with a water-resistant case. In 1938 a reference was introduced that in many ways could be described as revolutionary. This is the reference 565, whose special feature is undoubtedly its two-body case, patented in the early 1930s, which owes its fame to four main factors: a great build quality, the decagonal screw-down case back, (part of the patent, together with the dust stopper, which also served to hold the movement in place), the dimensions, (this is a 35mm case, a size that was oversized for the time, making it the first waterproof Calatrava case of considerable size), the crown, (its shape is truly characteristic, as it has a slight protuberance towards the outside. collectors have nicknamed it "priest's hat"). The customer could choose between two versions: the one with the seconds at six o'clock, which was the first version, introduced in 1938 and remained in the catalogues until the end of production, in 1952. with the first movement, the 12-120, it remained in vogue until 1949, the year in which the 12-400 was introduced. models fitted with this movement are extremely rare, so much so that only four are known today. Or he could choose the version with continuous seconds, introduced in 1939, which incorporates the 12SC calibre, derived from the 12-120. This version will also know a second movement, namely the 27SC. But the thing that makes one watch more desirable than another is definitely the dial, of the 565 model there are several types, some of which are extremely rare and attractive to collectors, such as the one with the radium dial (which makes it a unique piece, much sought after by collectors, for the radium indexes and spheres, central seconds and the black colour of the dial, very rare and appreciated. Or the one with the Breguet numerals, which not only delight enthusiasts but also lend the dial a unique charm and elegance. To date, less than fifteen examples of the Patek Philippe 565 are known, with what is certainly one of the most sought-after configurations, namely with applied Breguet numerals and radium hands.As usual in Patek Philippe, the dials before 1947 bear the full signature (Patek Philippe & co), while after that year there will be only the writing Patek Philippe. The proposed watch is a very rare men's model, in steel, in perfect condition, with waterproof case, solid, polished with anti-magnetic protection, screw back. The mat silvered dial with auxiliary seconds subdial has Breguet numeral hour markers. Leaf-shaped hands, burgundy-red leather bracelet. Hand-wound movement with calibre 12"120. Accompanied by the Extract of the Archives issued by the parent company.
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