Patek Philippe Genève, Movement No. 1957152, Case No. 2961737, Ref. 5050, Cal. 315S QR aut., 35 mm, circa 1994
A gentleman's rare, very fine automatic Geneva wristwatch with perpetual calender, retrograde date and moon phase - with original box, original certificate and additional 18k gold screw back Case: 18k gold, glazed screw back, 18k Patek Philippe gold buckle. Dial: silver, applied gold indexes, centre seconds, moon phase, retrograde date, windows for indications of the weekday, the month and the leap year, gold leaf hands. Movm.: 18k gold rotorwind movement, rhodium-plated, "fausses côtes" decoration, 8 adj., 31 jewels, Geneva quality hallmark, Gyromax balance, shock protection for balance and escape wheel.
Ref. 5050 The first models of Patek Philippe's ref. 5050 in 1993 were produced as a yellow gold version only, to be followed by the full range in 1995: yellow gold, white gold, pink gold, and platinum. Opaline gray was the only dial-colour available for the four different metals, but a choice of either indexes or Roman numerals was offered. The ref. 5050 was the first Patek Philippe perpetual calendar wristwatch with a retrograde date. When the reference was first shown in 1993/1995, this complication went more or less unnoticed. However, when the watch was discontinued in 2001/2002 this became a sought-after complication, which was by then widely used by other brands. The well-known minute repeater ref. 5016 subsequently used this type of perpetual with retrograde date. With its small window displaying the day and month and the leap year indication, it was the successor to Ref. 3450, and like 3450, only produced in very small quantities.
Estimate 50,000 - 60,000 €
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