1937 Patek Philippe Calatrava In Steel Borgel Case Ref 96 w/Archive Extract

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A rare and stunning vintage 1937 Patek Philippe Calatrava model reference 96 in solid stainless steel.  As one of the quintessential designs in Patek Philippe history this model brings a true sense of haute horology and its history to your wrist, accentuated by the knowledge that in stainless steel far fewer of these examples were ever produced than in gold.  The balanced and flowing design of the case, the simple yet bold construction of the dial along with an ultra high-grade calibre 12-120 movement within makes this a truly foundational timepiece in watchmaking evolution.  This example has a stunning presence on the wrist with the dial only slightly aged, still bright and sharp with the case showing wear consistent with age.  Comes with an official Patek Philippe & Co Extract From The Archives detailing its place in history, originally sold January 11th of 1938.  

Circa: 1937

Style: Art Deco

Case: Solid stainless steel 3-piece snap together case measuring 31mm in diameter (excluding the original crown) produced by François Borgel for Patek Philippe.  Signed inside the back with the Borgel Logo (F.B. with a key), Patek Philippe & Co, Geneve, Swiss, Staybrite, Rustless Steel, 615XXX, 10.  Excellent overall condition with light marks from use visible from gentle wear throughout, no major imperfections.  Fitted with a beautiful mustard cream colour 20mm leather strap with non-original stainless steel buckle. 

Dial: Absolutely beautiful original factory printed white dial with outer minute dots, applied hour makers and sub-seconds at 6 with steel hands.  Signed Patek Philippe & Co, Geneve.  It has a lovely light even patina giving it that perfect vintage feel. 

Movement: Superb, high-grade in-house Patek Philippe caliber 12-120 in excellent working condition and fully signed Patek Philippe & Co, Geneve with serial number in the 828XXX range. Featuring a Breguet overcoil hairspring, cap jewels on the escape wheel and jewelled centre wheel, this movement has been serviced several times in its history so has lost much of its original Rhodium plating from the brass movement bridges, but the parts themselves are in excellent condition and the watch is running beautifully.  Freshly serviced and comes with our full 1 year mechanical warranty.