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The Patek Philippe Ref. 5059: The Finest Perpetual Calendar Retrograde

by on October 1st, 2009

Vintage Patek Philippe 5059G, $55,000

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.

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