PATEK PHILIPPE UNIQUE WHITE GOLD BRACELET WATCH REF. 3593
This unique ref. 3593 bracelet watch with a special request Patek Philippe bracelet was especially made for an important client of the manufacture and delivered on August 5, 1987. The archive confirms that it was born with a bracelet. Upon first inspection, the astute eye will see the resemblance of the bracelet to the famous “cheese grater” bracelets occasionally seen on the Beta 21 Ref. 3587. Incredibly, these bracelets were made in very small numbers for Patek Philippe by Pforzheim in Germany. Click here to see a similar white gold bracelet on a Ref. 3587. The links of the bracelet on this ref. 3593 are almost frosted in their appearance and the heavy thickness of the bracelet matches boldly with the circular lines of the case.
The two-piece case of this ref. 3593 was made by the celebrated case maker Favre-Perret (the same case maker as the Nautilus). The sharp corners, multiple polished finishes, and architectural construction of this watch certainly echo the lines of its nautical cousin.
The dial of this watch was especially made by Stern Fréres, and features a deep blue color with white painted roman numerals. The white hands make the time boldly visible and give this watch an entirely different look from the more common gilt or silvered dials typically seen on ref. 3593s.
The movement is a 28-255C, the Le-Coultre based caliber that was always used within the Nautilus. This workhorse automatic was the flattest and best quality of the self-winding calibers available in the 1970s. Finished to Patek Philippe’s high standards, the 28-255C allowed Patek to make thinner watches that could be placed within more ‘sporty’ references. The ref. 3593 was in production from 1970-1973 and although a dress watch, this water-resistant watch was one of the forebears of the Patek Philippe Nautilus line first launched in 1976.
Unique, mint, and most importantly aesthetically pleasing, this Calatrava will please the most discerning collector of Patek Philippe watches.
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