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$29,000

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Auction Ended
09/02/21
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Lot #1082

Patek Philippe Yellow Gold Retrograde Perpetual Calendar 5050

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Introduction

Launched in 1993 and discontinued in 2002, the Patek Philippe Retrograde Perpetual Calendar ref. 5050J is an exquisitely rare and stunningly designed timepiece that signified a large step forward for the Genevan Giant. Featuring the first retrograde date display in any Patek Philippe timepiece, the ref. 5050J features a classically styled 35m 18ct yellow gold case with elegant proportions and a legible display that defies the incredible complexity of its cal. 315 S QR movement. Reminiscent of the Calatrava references that came before it, the ref. 5050J's case features a gently stepped bezel with soft lines flowing around the case and into the elegant lugs holding the brown alligator strap to this wonderful watch. A quirky watch thanks to its unusual retrograde function, the ref. 5050J is unique in its function yet still feels legible and incredibly executed. Perhaps a lesson in thoughtful watch design, the ref. 5050J is the perfect example of why Patek are as revered as they are - they make incredible timepieces inside and out.

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Grade

V 8.5

Status

Vetted & Approved

Included

Watch Only

Est. value range

$30,000 – $40,000

The Details

Brand

Patek Philippe

Dimensions

35mm

Model

Retrograde Perpetual Calendar

Movement

Automatic cal. 315 S QR

Reference

5050J

Bracelet

Brown Alligator leather strap

Year

Circa 1990s

Condition

Very Good

Material

18ct Yellow Gold

Included

Watch Only

Dial Color

Opaline Silver

THE DIAL

An incredibly legible dial considering the level of complexity involved, the ref. 5050J features a moon phase indicator at 6 o'clock - accurate for 120 years, a day aperture at 9 o'clock mirrored by a month aperture at 3 o'clock, a leap year aperture at 12 o'clock, and its eponymous retrograde date display spanning from underneath the 8 o'clock marker over to the 4 o'clock marker in a semi-circular fashion.

THE MOVEMENT

Powered by the cal. 315 S QR, the ref. 5050J is a sight to behold through the view of its sapphire crystal exhibition caseback with a 22ct yellow gold winding rotor and Patek's highly esteemed finishing.

TIMING MACHINE READOUT

This reading was taken (crown down) with a ONEOF Accuracy Boutique Edition timing machine at time of cataloging. It is provided as a courtesy only, and shall not be construed as a warranty or guarantee of any kind. Please refer to our terms and conditions of sale for more information.

Condition

Watch is in very good condition overall. Hallmarks on the case are worn, albeit both are still visible. Case has been previously polished and exhibits minor areas of wear. Watch comes with its original Patek Philippe leather strap and gold buckle.

Please Note: Due to CITES considerations, if the watch is to be shipped outside of the USA, an alternative leather strap to the existing exotic version, shall be provided.

Our Perspective

Famed as one of the greatest watchmakers in the world, very few brands can design as complicated a watch as the ref. 5050J, and make it as stunningly quaint and reserved as Patek Philippe.

Eric Ku

Co-founder

Lot # 1082

Patek Philippe Yellow Gold Retrograde Perpetual Calendar 5050

Sold

$29,000

Ended
09/02/21