Words from Patek Philippe:
“With its pure lines, the Calatrava is recognized as the very essence of the round wristwatch and one of the finest symbols of the Patek Philippe style. Supremely elegant, it charms each new generation of watch lovers by its timeless understated perfection” (Patek.com).
Able to withstand up to 3 bars of pressure, Patek Philippe Calatrava’s 36mm case is made out of a solid 18k white gold. As Calatrava is considered to be a one of the finest dress wristwatches, Calatrava keeps the symbolic and traditional Patek Philippe style and elegance.
Backside of Calatrava is adorned by the 6 flat-headed screws with sapphire-crystal glass back. As a result, 5119G is able to show off the Patek’s Calibre 215PS movement and its glory.
III. Dial, Bezel, and Crown
Dial of this Calatrava is covered with white lacquer with black Roman numeral indexes. With the classic white dial and black indexes, this color scheme screams elegance and classic. Also, the black leaf hands with small seconds adds to the classic dress watch looks.
Surrounding the classic dial is the unique hobnail bezel. Using the Guilloché technique of Patek Philippe, the hobnail bezel has a similar look to the Rolex’s fluted bezel, but it has a more subtle appearance than Rolex’s approach.
On the side of this Calatrava is the white gold crown with Patek’s logo on it. As this is a manual winding watch, turning the crown charges up the watch.
Following the elegant and classic watch that Calatrava is, strap chosen for this watch is the shiny black alligator leather strap with prong buckle. Some might think that the black alligator strap is a cliché on dress watches, but as it is the Patek Philippe’s Calatrava, black alligator strap suits the timeless design well.
And of course, the prong buckle used on Calatrava is also a solid 18k white gold.
Running this special watch of Patek is the manual winding mechanical movement, Calibre 215PS. Made out of 130 different parts, Calibre 215PS contains 5 bridges and 18 jewels. Lastly, Calibre 215PS has a 44 hours of power reserve with Patek Philippe Seal that guarantees accuracy, precision, and durability.
VI. Conclusion and Pricing
In the end, Patek Philippe’s Calatrava is truly a timeless timepiece of perfection. With its 18k white gold casing, white dial, black roman numeral indexes, small seconds, and black alligator strap, Calatrava 5119G-001 checks all of the boxes as a classic dress watch.
Priced at 21,500 USD, it is a stiff price to pay for a such a “simple” watch. However, I believe that the value of this watch comes Patek Philippe’s long history and craftsmanship. As a Patek fan boy, Calatrava is a great timeless timepiece that is worth your money.