Introduction: 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"AM 400 caliber 18-jewel manual wind movement # 732471 / 313810. The watch was made in 1965-1966. The dial is silvered white with Dauphine hands and raised lapped gold indexes. The watch will be accompanied with an extract from the archives confirming its date of manufacture and further sale.
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, 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.
Replaced by the reference 3796 in 1982, reference 96 was produced in in yellow, pink or white gold, platinum and in stainless steel and was made in four series.
Movement: 4th Series 12" AM 400 18-jewels
Case Diameter: 31mm
Dial Color: Silver white
Band Type: leather
Functions: Time only
Condition: Mint, well preserved.