Despite what the explosion in popularity that the stainless-steel sports models have realized in recent years may indicate, Patek Philippe has always been a company more renowned for their elegant watches. The Patek Philippe Calatrava line is the prime example of this. The watch’s name comes from the company’s emblem, the Calatrava cross. This seems fitting - suggesting the watch is as integral to the company as their own logo. The Calatrava’s design set the standard that “less is more” when it comes to dress watches. The most traditional Patek Philippe Calatravas bear a stark black or white dial with simple stick markers and sharp Dauphine hands. Rare exceptions exist, but these watches are typically cased in a precious metal which adds to the dressy elegance of the pieces.
Patek Philippe Calatrava: The History
Though it may sound farfetched when thinking about how dominant Patek Philippe is today, the company was indeed facing difficulties in the early 20th century. At the time, Patek Philippe produced very high-end, complicated pieces that primarily appealed to the few that could afford them. The Patek Philippe Calatrava, uniquely simple in design, though given the same attention to detail as the more complicated models, was introduced in 1932 with the hopes of expanding their customer base. At this point in the century, wristwatches had not yet achieved mass- market appeal, though they were on their way thanks in part to the utility they served in WWI. The market demanded no-nonsense, accurate, and reliable timepieces, and Patek Philippe delivered precisely that. The overall success of the watch is reflected in the nearly unchanged design that has endured over 80 years.
What makes the Patek Phillippe Calatrava so desirable?
The demand for the Patek Philippe Calatrava is fueled by its pure and simple look. These pieces are the epitome of a tasteful dressy watch, and in a much larger sense, the Calatrava is the quintessential dress watch that paved the way for many brands to follow. It is a part of watchmaking history that can be proudly handed down from generation to generation while always being in style – a testament to the watch’s timeless design.
Why buy pre-owned Patek Philippe Calatrava Watches?
Unlike some of the stainless-steel models from Patek Philippe, the secondary market offers tremendous value when it comes to the Calatrava line. While it may be flawed to say pre-owned Patek Philipe Calatravas are affordable, they are certainly the more affordable option when looking to add one to your collection. Watchbox’s global inventory offers remarkable variety and is the best place to begin your search!
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