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Why We Love It
Patek Philippe is one of the few brands that knows how to execute simple perfection.
While the Calatrava has certainly evolved over the near century its been in existence, the spirit of the design has endured. Unmistakable and iconic, its rich history provides the vintage enthusiast with a wide variety of metals, sizes, and elegant details to obsess over. This particular example of a reference 438 stands out with its desirable 'Breguet' numerals, a steel case, and an extract from Patek Philippe.
The watch is undoubtedly on the smaller size by todays standards, but as collectors start to change direction and seek out smaller, more classically sized watches, this Calatrava presents exceptional value relative to its larger counterparts.
It epitomizes what Patek Philippe is most known for - understated elegance and delicate finishing.
Founded in 1839, Patek Philippe is one of the oldest watch manufacturers in the world with an uninterrupted watchmaking history. Few luxury brands in the world carry the gravitas of their name, and for good reason. The firm's commitment to excellence in horological manufacture is unflinching, and their track record of innovation in design without peer. They continue to lead the industry, and even their fiercest competitors have nothing but the utmost respect for the company.
Vintage Patek Philippe is for many the ultimate goal of timepiece collecting, and for a certain type, the only vintage timepieces they collect. Whichever way you look at it, there is no questioning the elegance of design, superlative manufacture of their movements, and that finding these characteristics on a vintage piece that also tells a story is some next level shit.
Stainless steel case is approximately 28mm (excluding the crown).Calibre 10-200 manually-winding movement. Circa 1948.
Overall Condition: The case is in fantastic condition overall showing normal wear consistent with age and use. Non luminous satin silver dial is in excellent condition with applied gold-tone Breguet numerals and matching handset. Sub-dial in the 6:00 position displays seconds with a blued-steel hand. Unsigned crown. Caseback shows light tool marks.
Includes black leather strap with steel pin buckle, and extract from Patek Philippe.
Analog/Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states. We are happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
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