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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Est. value range
$30,000 – $40,000
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.
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.