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Case: Two-body, polished and brushed, straight curved lugs, flat bezel, snap-on case back.
Calatrava ref. 1513 – one of the most appreciated vintage watches by Patek Philippe. This reference was introduced in 1945 and was quite a large watch for the time, but it is the perfect size for today’s standards. Furthermore, the thin bezel makes the watch look even bigger than it is in desription.
With rare and bautiful Patek Philippe leather box and Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with sweep centre seconds in 1947 and its subsequent sale on November, 1947.
Calatrava name was first adopted by the company Patek Philippe from the historical Spanish religious-military grouping created in the city of Calatrava (Nuova Castiglia) in 1158. It has become synonymous with the production of watches for gentleman. Transparent and simple design was immediately appreciated by lovers of high-end timepieces, and that is why it is produced still today in various forms. Although the sizes of 35 mm are often called “oversize,” because thanks to its design it seems much larger.
Atelier Tempus believes that these references are fathers of all Calatrava more or less complicated.