Exclusive Timepieces 23 –⁠ 24 April 2022 | Monaco

Auction Details

A wide and extremely attractive selection of collectible timepieces from leading collectors, such as Goldberger with the third part of the famous “Rolex Connoisseur Collection”. Also offered: an assortment of the most sought-after contemporary watches such as the platinum Patek Philippe Nautilus, some very rare examples of the Royal Oak, a single owner’s collection of extraordinary Stella dials Rolex DayDates.

Session I
Saturday 23 April at 2:30 p.m. – lots 1 to 103
Session II
Sunday 24 April at 10:30 a.m. – lots 104 to 181
Session III
Sunday 24 April at 2:30 p.m. – lots 182 to 273

64 Patek Philippe Tasteful and Sophisticated, Calatrava, Wristwatch in Platinum, With Silver Diamond-set Dial, Reference 96, With Extract from the Archives

Estimate: € 25,000 –⁠ 50,000

Sold € 32,500

Lot Description

Model: Calatrava
Reference: 96
Case Material: Platinum
Bracelet Material: Leather Strap
Year: 1953
Movement: Manual
Caliber: 12-400
Case N°: 305518
Movement N°: 720809
Dimensions: 31 mm
Signed: Dial, movement and case
Accessories: Extract from the Archives

Reference 96 such as the present lot is undeniably Patek Philippe’s most legendary design. The 96 was launched in 1932 and further changed the way of defining watches because it became the first model in history to which the reference number was added. Its timeless case proportions are as modern today, over 70 years later, as they were at the time of its creation. The specimen here offered is one of those very rare made in platinum: its three-body case with flat bezel, concave lugs and snap on the back is extremely well preserved with very sharp edges and no evident signs of wearing. The dial is silvered with applied diamond-set indexes, subsidiary seconds at 6, outer minute division and steel feuille hands are also nicely preserved. Among connoisseurs, the Calatrava reference 96 is the benchmark par excellence when measuring the elegance of a watch, as well as a true example for the category. Accompanied by a Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in Platinum in 1953 and its subsequent sale on 11 August 1953.