Patek Philippe 96J Vintage Calatrava watch. The watch is made in 18K yellow gold and the case measures 30.5 mm and is fitted with a 12"120 caliber manual wind movement # 928358 / 299982. The dial is silvered white with Dauphine hands, and raised gold hour markers. The watch has just been serviced and keeps excellent time. The watch comes with a one year guarantee. The watch was made in 1947-48
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. The 96 was launched in 1932 through to 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 centre seconds. In this year, Charles & jean Stern bought over Patek Philippe & Cie. It is the beginning of referenced watch in the company.
When the Ref. 96 was discontinued, it was replaced by the reference 3796 in 1982. The only difference it was water resistant with a sapphire crystal.
Strap, Navy blue leather.