I believe when it comes to vintage replica watches, it’s all about serendipity; there’s only one of that exact piece that exists in the world. And this Patek Philippe copy was meant to be listed this morning. It’s confirmed by an Extract from the Patek Philippe Archives that the original date of sale was March 31, 1960 – exactly 61 years ago today. We didn’t plan it that way, but it came to us by some unknown force in the universe.
The watch may have come to us by happenstance, but the aesthetics of this classic Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 2598 replica with black leather strap are very much intentional; every element and every proportion is fully considered. Starting from the case – while it measures 33mm across, the narrow downturned bezel and the faceted lugs create an illusion of a more prominent presence on your wrist. It has a silvered dial, which has aged beautifully into a creamy champagne color that seamlessly blends together with the yellow-gold case, all of which also contributes to the watch appearing larger than its listed size.
The applied baton markers and the svelte baton hands maximize the reserve on the dial. The subsidiary seconds at six o’clock adds to the Calatrava dial design elements. Personally, what I love most about this watch is the raised enamel signature – you simply don’t see it done like this anymore. It’s a very subtle feature but quintessentially vintage copy Patek Philippe, subliminally adding extra depth to the dial. Last but not least, the icing on the cake is that the dial is signed by Beyer Chronometrie, the legendary Zurich retailer on Bahnhofstrasse. Beyer has enjoyed a longstanding working relationship with Patek Philippe, dating all the way back to the 1840s – now that’s loyalty!
One detail that made us gravitate toward this gold case Patek Philippe fake watch was the original red presentation box with the gold Calatrava cross on the top, plus the older execution of Patek Philippe’s Certificate of Origin. The certificate has the appearance of aged parchment paper or a page from an old book. The decorated letter “N” of “Nous” even looks like it could serve as the introduction to a fairytale! Not only that, but it also comes with the original envelope with the corresponding movement number of the watch. When you see vintage box and papers like these, you can’t help but feel the history right in your hands.