Material: stainless steel
Reference N°: 565
Case N°: 648531
Movement N°: 960626
Bracelet: leather strap
Dimensions: 35 mm
Accessories: Extract from the archives
Reference 565 was introduced to the public in 1938 and was the first large watch with a waterproof case produced by Patek Philippe. Withdrawn from production in 1952, it also represented the first model of the Swiss-Polish brand consisting of a two-piece case without the typical snap bezel (to reduce the possibility of dust and moisture entering), with a screw-down case back and an interior case in soft iron able to protect the movement from the negative effects of magnetic fields. What impressed and fascinated was above all its unique design, curved and rounded in all its components except for the bezel. It is also interesting to note how the rounded shape of the winding crown is, in some ways, a miniature reproduction of the entire watch. The design of the case is a combination of the strong practicality and the simple elegance of those times and served as an inspiration for the creation of the reference 5565 in 2006. This watch undoubtedly represents one of the most refined examples among the 565 known for its almost pristine steel case in excellent condition, its silver dial with superb mat silver finish, the long Patek Philippe & Co signature, the refined Breguet numerals and all the small details equally exciting.
This reference is undoubtedly one of the most famous timepieces of the ’40s and any enthusiast, collector or even curious on watch cannot remain indifferent to this preciousness. For a similar model please see also the lot n° 209.
With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with silvered dial, applied steel Breguet hour markers in 1947 and its subsequent sale on October 30th 1947.
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