Patek Philippe 570J Calatrava 36 mm 18 Karat Yellow Gold Watch, Circa 1943
This watch was made in 1943
After 70 years the hallmarks are deep and have not been published away.
570: Officially introduced in 1932 and still in production today, Patek Philippe’s Calatrava is a true icon – a family of watches considered by many as being among the most beautiful time-only watches of all time. All Patek Philippe Calatrava models are descendants of the first Calatrava, the famed reference 96, which was incidentally the first model to introduce numbered references in 1932. Its elegant and proportional design, flat bezel, and slightly elongated lugs commemorate the Bauhaus style of form following function, with no extraneous ornamentation or superfluous details. For many, this first Calatrava is considered the benchmark for all dress watches produced since 1932. While the reference 96 was 31mm in diameter, the next iteration of the Calatrava, the reference 570, increased the case dimensions to a dramatic 36 mm in diameter, all while retaining the same design codes. With the diversity of dial configurations and metals used for these Calatrava’s, produced in yellow, white, and rose gold as well as platinum and steel, rarity and condition are what drives the collectability of these larger Calatrava models.
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