Calatrava (watch)

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Patek Philippe Calatrava
A circa 1999 men's quartz Calatrava in yellow gold, with second hand and date.
Type Automatic, Manual, Quartz
Display Analogue
Introduced 1932

The Patek Philippe Calatrava is a line of dress watches built by Swiss watchmaker Patek Philippe, introduced in 1932. These watches are considered the flagship model of Patek Philippe. The first version of the Calatrava was launched in 1932, inspired by the Bauhaus principle.[1]

The most popular model in the Calatrava range was the 3919, with the guilloché “Clous de Paris” bezel, introduced in 1985. After 21 years, it was replaced in March 2006 by the slightly larger 5119 model.[2] This change in size reflected a growing trend for larger watches. Another famous model was the 96, whose modern incarnation is the considerably larger 5196. Some Calatravas (such as the current 5227) feature a date function,[3] whereas others (such as the 5116, 5119, 5120, 5123, 5196) display only hours and minutes (and, in some cases, seconds).[4] Current (2014) prices start from around US$19,000 [5]

Models in the 2014 Calatrava range have either automatic or manual movements. Patek have developed a quartz movement but it is not currently used in the Calatrava range.[6]



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