The Patek Philippe Ref. 5059: The Finest Perpetual Calendar Retrograde
by Mike Manjos on October 1st, 2009
One of the best parts of my job is being able to see some of the finest watches in the world- often taken in on trade from customers. For instance, last week, we purchased a vintage Patek Philippe ref. 5059.
The 5059 features a perpetual calendar that incorporates a rare and intriguing complication: a retrograde date display. In short, the date is indicated by a hand that progresses along a 240 degree arc between 8 o’clock and 4 o’clock. At midnight on the last day of each month (whether it is the 28th, 30th or 31st!), the hand automatically jumps back to the 1st. Moreover, the watch displays moon phases; the date and month; as well as a leap year indication.
The watch’s elegant 18kt white gold case incorporates an officer’s-style, hinged case back that enables the wearer to see this impressive movement.
My takeaway: at $55,000, this is a great investment for an extremely cool perpetual retrograde.