Patek Philippe Calatrava White Gold 5153G-001
The Calatrava from Patek Philippe was first released in 1932 and is still today a huge favorite among watch enthusiasts. Over the last 81 years the Calatrava hasn’t changed much in terms of its aesthetics. Instead, it is the consistency of the design that has kept it as such a crowd pleaser for that time. The Calatrava features a very simple 3 hand design but Patek ensures that every single detail on this model is crafted to perfection.
This Calatrava model from Patek Philippe, reference #5153G-001, is meticulously sculpted from 18kt (750) white gold. The white gold is perfectly polished to a fine finish. The case is made with a diameter of 38mm, which by today’s standards is small for gents, yet it reflects the timelessness of the Patek Philippe ideology when it comes to timepieces. The main crown is rendered in a conservative onion shape and ridged for ease of usage when adjusting the time and/or date.
The dial is black and features a guilloche design on the center most part. Whereas most brands stamp the guilloche design on the dial, Patek Philippe engraves the design by hand. The dial also features hand applied indexes and beveled dauphine hands both rhodium toned. The rhodium colored hands contrast nicely against the dial for at-a-glance reading of the time. At the 3 position is a large date display highlighted by a white box.
This model is powered by an in house Patek Philippe movement – the self-winding mechanical caliber 324 S C. This movement carries the Patek Philippe Seal indicating that this is, in fact, made in house and is guaranteed for accuracy. The balance wheel used is a Gyromax, which vibrates at 28,800 alternations per hour. This watch carries a minimum power reserve of 35 hours.
The Patek Philippe Calatrava is fitted with a matte black alligator leather strap, which is secured using a traditional double deployant clasp.