1940 PATEK PHILIPPE "Calatrava' Ref. 96 Gents 18K Gold Watch
empressissi™ is pleased to offer this fantastic and original Patek Philippe, the finest Swiss maker of all times as a fine dress watch of the highest standards from the 40s - the 'Reference 96' often referred to as an early 'Calatrava' model, from 1940. In excellent original overall condition, keeping accurate time and comes with a Patek Philippe extract from the archives to complete your authenticity documentation!
The watch houses a rare 12-120 manual wind caliber, running on 18 jewels.This is a rare hi grade caliber decorated in Geneve stripes and set in an original and signed PATEK PHILIPPE 18K solid yellow gold case in beautiful design. The case has a mint curved mineral crystal and original crown.
The dial is 100% original factory made - Sterling silver with hard enamel original print and absolutely stunning light mocha-orange tone with applied solid gold markers/Roman numerals and original set of gold hands.
This super rare Patek Philippe watch measures 31mm side to side (excluding crown) and 39mm from top lug to bottom lug.
Attached to this watch is a brand new HIRSCHⓇ top quality slim genuine leather band, attached to the ORIGINAL 18K solid gold Patek Philippe buckle as shown.
To complete your set I enclose the 'extract from the archive' documentation from Patek Philippe factory in Geneva with information regarding the watch and its origin. It is also worthy to mention that all details, as well as case and movement numbers match the item. This is offered at no extra charge (This documentation costs 100.00 CHF to obtain!) .
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