Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces.

Geneva, Mar 21, 2020

LOT 247


CHF 25,000 - 35,000

USD 26,000 - 36,000 / HKD 200,000 - 280,000

Sold: CHF 35,000

Very rare and well preserved 18K pink gold, oversize, round-shaped, manual-winding wristwatch with a snap-on case-back and subsidiary seconds at 6.

Grading System
Case: 2

Very good

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original

Brand Patek Philippe

Model Calatrava Overzise

Reference Ref. 570

Year Sold on March 29th 1955

Bracelet Leather strap with original 18K pink gold Patek Philippe

Numbers 307044

Caliber Cal. 12-400, no. 723895

Dimensions 35.5 mm.

Signature Case, dial and movement

Accessories Extract for the archives


The Reference 570 Patek Philippe
As perfectly proportioned as the original Reference 96 was, it had one fatal flaw; it's case size. At just 31mm. it was diminutive, to say the least, and although admittedly small case sizes were much more common back then, 31mm.was still considered quite small. Recognising this, Patek Philippe came out with the Calatrava 570 in 1938. Identical in design to the Reference 96, it was offered in a significantly larger 35.5mm. case, which would have been considered "oversize" for the era. Incredibly popular, the Ref. 570 would remain in production for the next 30 years, with the watches predominantly made in precious metals, which were paired with a myriad of different dial designs.
The Patek Philippe Calatrava Reference 570 featured the same "coin-edge" case, with angular bezel added on top of a case with integrated lugs. Many variations existed, including, central second or small second at 6, classic dials with applied batons, sectors dials, or even the superb version with a two-tone dial and applied Breguet numerals.