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 12-120 caliber 18-jewel manual wind movement # 924175; case # 298516. The watch has it's original"long" signature silvered dial with raised 3,9,12 Arabic numerals and lapped gold indexes. The watch was made in 1950 and is triple signed, dial, movement and inside case. Your choice Multiple strap options are available.
Note: The dial in normal daylight looks much better than in a light box. Take a second look
Mint condition Original Long Signature dial, strong hallmarks stamps on body of case and back of lug. Note: The dial can be sent in for a refinish so it will not have the patina oxidization spots
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 in1950, The watch was just serviced and comes with a one year movement guarantee.
Reference Number: 3rd Series 96 with the new Anti Magnetic movement
Year Manufactured: 1950
Movement: Manual wind 12 200 Caliber 18-Jewel movement
Case Diameter: 30.5mm