Pink Gold Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 448 vintage wristwatch made in 1953
A very fine and rare 18ct pink gold mid-sized manually wound wristwatch with original Patek Philippe 18ct pink gold buckle and an Extract from the Patek Philippe Archives
Reference 448 is one of original Calatrava references and was a slightly smaller version of the Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 96. Patek Philippe introduced the Ref. 448 in 1935 and the model was in production until circa 1956 with the majority of pieces made in yellow gold. The present watch has an 18ct pink gold case that is rich in tone and retains superb definition to its shape, with clear hallmarking to the case side and import hallmarking to the outside case back. The watch has its original and large pink gold Calatrava crown and original 18ct pink gold Patek Philippe pin buckle. The silvered dial has applied pink gold faceted/lapped indexes and the signature and subsidiary seconds track are fired in hard black enamel – this technique required the dial plate to be first engraved for the outline of the signature and subsidiary seconds before the enamel paint was applied and then fired, to harden it, in a specialist kiln; this enamelling is all wonderfully clear and in excellent condition. The outer minute track of the dial is a style known as ‘perlé’, a technique which requires each minute marker to be precision, diamond-drilled; this technique is of the highest quality and under magnification the symmetrical cone formed for each minute division is visible. The surface of the dial has some aged related tonal variation to the lacquer.
Named after the symbol of Patek Philippe, the ornate ‘Calatrava’ cross, together with the Ref. 96, the 448 is one of the most instantly recognisable of all Patek references. The Ref. 96 was introduced in 1932, some 3 years before the Ref. 448. Interestingly 1932 was the same year the company was sold to the Stern family who remain the watchmaker’s owner to this day. The Wall Street Crash of 1929 and the ensuing Worldwide economic depression had slowed sales at Patek Philippe. Charles Stern, one of the brothers who purchased the company, set out to design a new model to revive Patek Philippe’s market. The model, later named the ‘Calatrava’, was elegantly simple in design, its round case with flat bezel was an instant success.
Extract from the Archives
The accompanying Extract from the Patek Philippe Archives confirms that this watch was manufactured in pink gold in 1953 and sold on January 15th, 1955.
[M] Patek Philippe calibre 10-200 manually wound movement with decoratively damascened plates and stamped twice with the seal of Geneva, 18 jewels, mono-metallic compensation balance, 19,800 BPH, precision regulation [D] silvered dial, applied pink gold pointed and faceted baton indexes, outer pearled minute track, engine-turned subsidiary seconds, black enamel signature and subsidiary seconds calibration, pink gold faceted hands [C] 18ct pink gold case with polished flat bezel, satin finished case sides, down-turned lugs, snap-on polished case back [S] case, dial and movement signed
Diameter excluding winding crown: 28mm
Length including lugs: 36mm
Depth to centre of crystal: 8.5mm
Strap width/lug gauge: 16mm
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