For Sale: Rare Patek Philippe Calatrava Reference 5127R in 18k Rose Gold

Welcome! — The Rare Patek Philippe Calatrava Reference 5127R in 18k Rose Gold presented here for immediate purchase with worldwide DHL delivery is a rather unique and rare package.

This is due to a couple reasons,

  • It is one of the very last manufacture pieces to leave the Patek manufacture.
  • At the time of purchase, the regular buckle was replaced with a Patek Philippe 18k Rose Gold Calatrava deployant clasp which is clearly shown in my YouTube review.
  • This watch is a bonafide safe queen and has only been worn on a handful of occasions, typically for a week during Christmas and Easter, only when I head to our family's club in the mountains. The cooler climate, that is very similar to English weather pairs well with the leather strap! — as a result, the strap is still extremely stiff, and since it is always worn with a suit, the watch is in absolute 99% mint condition (TZ rating).
  • The Patek wooden box & packaging are stored vacuum sealed for freshness!
  • The Certificate of Origin is stamped by the Salon in Geneve, and dated May 2013.

Having contacted Mr. Aurel Bacs of Phillips, I have also recieved US$30,000/- as a high-auction estimate for this watch.

HD Video

This is a review of the exact watch that I am selling, however, it is important to note that the Patek cufflinks shown in the video are  not included  in this sale!

Do note the Calatrava deployant clasp that has been fitted to the watch by the staff of the Geneva Patek Salon.

The Packaging

You will receive the complete Patek boxset with your watch, which includes the outer card-board box, and the piano polished wooden watchbox with cushion.

The Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin & Leather Wallet

The most important document is the Certificate of Origin which is clearly shown below with my name listed as the original owner. It also clearly shows that this watch was purchased on May 2013 from the Patek Philippe Salon in Geneva, Switzerland.

You will receive your Certificate of Origin and watch manual within a rather scrumptious leather wallet designed solely for that purpose.

I always like to celebrate such an occasion with my favourite vintage bubbly!

Timeless Elegance since 1932

Reference 5127 has an impressive lineage, one that dates back to 1932. This is the year in which the Calatrava Reference 96 was introduced.

However, the 5127 is most closely related to its ancestor of 1953 — Reference 2526, which was a company milestone. Unveiled in 1953, it was the first Patek with an automatic movement, the caliber 12’’’-600 AT. At approximately 27mm in diameter, it carried 30 jewels, a large, engine-turned, solid 18k yellow gold rotor, and the adjustable inertia Gyromax® balance wheel, newly patented by Patek in 1951. While that movement stayed in production until 1960, Patek only made the 2526 from 1953 to 1956, in fewer than 600 examples across all precious metals.

The winding crown of Patek Philippe, Ref. 2526 comes adorned with sculpted opposing ‘Ps’, instead of the classic ‘Calatrava Cross’. Notice how the design of the case, bezel, and lugs are closely matched by the latest Reference 5127.

Like the Reference 5127, the 2526 also possesses another extremely important bit of technology: a waterproof case. The Calatrava was Patek’s first waterproof line, starting in 1935 with the ref. 438. This 2526 uses the 438’s same style of ten-sided screw-down caseback. Like the automatic movement, the quest to develop waterproofing technology predated the 20th century.

Payment & Worldwide Shipping

This watch is immediately available for US$ 35,000/- (negotiable, within reason!).

I am a veteran watch collector with over a decade of experience in buying and selling watches with friends and collectors around the world, especially members of TimeZone, Watch Turf (Rolex Forum UK), Singapore Rolex Club.

First and foremost, I value my reputation within the community and secondly conduct my business as a gentleman and expect the same from you as well.

For complete peace of mind, I only use DHL Courier services, shipping to any destination around the world. Transit times are typically 1-2 days to London, and about 2-3 days to the US.

Payment: I only accept International Wire-transfer (Telegraphic Transfer) payment. Details will be furnished via email — Serious buyers may contact me at michael@mwdesilva.com.

What makes Patek so special?

The Scarcity

It’s said that fewer than a million Patek Philippe watches have been made since 1839. That’s fewer than some very high-end Swiss manufacturers make in a year. Patek production is so detailed it takes around a year to make the most basic Patek Philippe watches in production and over two years to make some of the more complicated ones. That’s one big reason why the numbers are so low. Meanwhile, demand is through the roof!

Patek are also known to increase prices annually, typically by around 25-30%, and 2016 will be no exception.

Investment Value

It is tough to argue against the facts: Patek Philippe re-sale value trumps all others among both vintage and modern watches. Pieces completed and delivered within the last few months for Patek’s 175th anniversary collection are already trading on the secondary market for extraordinary prices. Pieces like the 5131 Cloisonné enamel immediately earned almost double their retail price at auction, straight from retail. (That they were recently discontinued in white and yellow gold may add even more value to those models already.)

From a broader, more historical perspective, you could have bought a Calatrava for $300 in the 1950s; today, they can command over $20,000. There are perpetual chronographs — namely the 2499/100 fourth series — that cost under $20,000 in the 1980s but bring well over $400,000 today. And the original Nautilus from the 1970s, which originally retailed for under $3,000, are now trading for over $50,000.

The Patek Philippe DNA

Patek Philippe, Ref. 2526. 18k Yellow Gold, 1956.

The design, artistry, and workmanship balanced in Patek Philippe watch is unparalleled among fine watchmakers. The history and heritage alone is unrivaled — over 175 years of the finest watch-making in the world. Patek’s cases, for example, say it all: they appear simple in their overall execution (in most cases), but Patek takes no shortcuts. Among some other watchmakers, cases are cast and machine-finished, often at an outside shop; at Patek Philippe, cases are mostly made in-house, often forged from solid pieces of gold or platinum.

Patek uses traditional case-making techniques that hearken back to the 1800s and are forgotten by all but a few people in the entire modern watch-making industry. The cases look so simple and natural, but making one requires know-how that’s been passed along from generation to generation, just like the watches themselves. And that’s the way it should be. That’s the beauty of a Patek Philippe.