The birth of the Patek Philippe Calatrava series is a coincidence. In 1932, the Charles and Jean & bull; Stern brothers acquired the company from descendants of the company’s founders and became the founders of the brand. Since then, time has witnessed the superiority of Patek Philippe at the top of the industry. The industry position determined by their brand value is unparalleled (except for the indirect competitor of Rolex), and the brand’s rare watch resale price is also high. Incredible, but their high-end products are still in short supply. Nonetheless, most of the watches they currently produce must also meet Calatrava’s entry-level standard, ‘mdash;’ a collection of brilliant brilliance derived from high value and complex craftsmanship, although each watch itself is not eye-catching.
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At the beginning of the series 70 years ago, Patek Philippe has long been clearly positioned to express the elegance and simplicity of traditional business watches, aesthetic enjoyment, timeless design, detailed processing and classic proportions. It has traditionally combined timing tools and jewellery, and attempts to promote both. Looking at the long history, it is not necessary to think about whether Patek is successful, because the results of the market are obvious. Their products have evolved along with the surrounding cultural environment, and the collection has grown significantly. In the past, the Calatrava series was once 30mm or 31mm in diameter, but now it has become more than 33mm in design, and some have reached 36-37mm; and it has also launched sports products that could not be achieved due to some technical problems in the past. However, the current model 5053 retains the characteristics of the traditional style, with 2 or 3 hands and a 31-day calendar.
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As an officer’s watch, the knife and crown graphics that represent traditional military patterns are indispensable. The outer diameter of 36mm is no small for Calatrava, and the thickness of such a huge body is maintained at 9.5mm. The surface of the 5053 is domed and the dial is monochrome. The numerals and hands are Breguet-style. They are simple and pure black, and the dial has a pale yellow luster, and has a delicate crystal-like texture.
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The Patek Philippe officer watch Ref.5053 uses the 315SC self-winding mechanical movement introduced in the 1980s. Its biggest feature is that it is thin and light enough. It consists of 30 gems and has a thickness of only 3.22 mm. With the advantages of reliability and adaptability, the 315 movement is widely used in various calendar and perpetual calendar watches, and this Calatrava has not changed in this regard. This movement features a free balance wheel with a diameter of 27 mm and a 48-hour power reserve.
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In order to fully appreciate the benefits of this watch, the holder must accept and conform to the characteristics of the watch. Unless the transfer is considered, its value has almost nothing to do with money, and there are no features that can attract people’s attention beyond a few feet. (Can attract people’s attention). Real appreciation is only possible from close range, especially during daily wear. The 5053 is a sophisticated chronograph, elegant jewellery, and probably still fashionable (classic) in 50 years. Although this watch is not a painstaking effort, there is nothing worth concealing (patent pending) and there is no need to repeatedly play with it, but I love it for ten minutes.
PS: 315 movement is Patek Philippe’s first manually wound movement with a high swing frequency of 28,800 times per hour, with the Geneva mark.