Exclusive Timepieces 22 –⁠ 23 October 2022 | Monaco

Auction Details

One of the finest selections of vintage and contemporary watches we were able to put together. We tried to do our best to offer you extremely rare and well preserved collectable pieces of the best manufactures.

Session I: Saturday 22 October, 2:30 PM – lots 1 to 104
Session II: Sunday 23 October, 10:30 AM – lots 105 to 179
Session III: Sunday 23 October, 2:30 PM – lots 180 to 271

124 Patek Philippe Catching and attractive Calatrava, Wristwatch in Steel, with Breguet numerals dial, reference 438

Estimate: € 6,000 –⁠ 12,000

Sold € 7,800

Model: Calatrava
Reference: 438
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Bracelet Material: Leather Strap
Year: 1945
Movement: Manual
Caliber: 10 ″ 110
Case N°: 634017
Movement N°: 912067
Dimensions: 28 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement
Accessories: Extract from the Archives

Reference 438 is an uncommon reference made by Patek and was one of the first watch with a waterproof case produced by Patek Philippe. It also comes without the typical snap bezel (to reduce the possibility of dust and moisture entering), with a screw-down case back to protect the movement from the negative effects of the water. What impressed and fascinated was above all its unique design, curved and rounded in all its components except for the bezel. 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 other references like the bigger one 565. This watch undoubtedly represents one of the most refined examples among the 438 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.