Patek Philippe 96J Calatrava watch. The watch is made in 18K yellow gold and the case measures 30.5 mm and is fitted with a 12"400 caliber manual wind movement # 727137 / 308939. The watch has its original factory silver white dial with raised lapped gold indexes. The watch was made in 1956 and is accompanied with an extract from the archives confirming its date of manufacture and further sale. The watch is also accompanied with an Patek Philippe strap and Patek gold buckle. Multiple strap options are available.
Condition: This example is totally original. With its original dial, strong hallmarks to the case with an 95 point overall condition.
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. 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. Reference 96 was introduced in the market in 1932 featuring either subsidiary or sweep center seconds. In this year, Charles & jean Stern bought Patek Philippe & Cie.
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. Please see our rose gold 3796R
Date & Paperwork:
The watch was made in 1956, confirmed with an extract from the archives confirming its date of manufacture and further sale. Additionally, the watch comes with a one year movement guarantee.
Reference Number: 96J
Year Manufactured: 1956
Movement: Manual wind 12"-400 caliber movement
Case Diameter: 30.5mm