Patek Philippe ref 5016 was introduced in 1993 and for 15 years it was the most complicated wristwatch Patek had ever produced, featuring a tourbillon, minute repeater and retrograde perpetual calendar. It was produced until 2011 and sold only upon application and personal approval by Philippe Stern. The Ref 5016, while almost 10 years out of production, bridges the gap between the Patek of yesterday and the Patek of today, with world-class finishing, an unique and individually designed movement architecture and vintage charm. While newer references have packed more timekeeping features into massive cases, Ref 5016 is still the most complicated Patek Phillipe watch — in either wrist or pocket format — in a 36.5 mm case.
After it was introduced, Patek’s most serious collectors took notice of this model, and Ref 5016 was worn by the likes of Eric Clapton. Clapton’s unique example (platinum with platinum bracelet and black Breguet dial) sold at Christie’s for the equivalent of $782,500 six years ago. Other than the metal bracelet, our piece is identical to the Clapton watch.
This superlative example is offered in original unpolished condition with a perfect dial, strong stepped lugs, deep hallmarks and complete box, papers and accessories.
Patek Philippe: An extremely fine and important platinum perpetual calendar minute repeating wristwatch with tourbillon, retrograde date, moon phases, black dial with Breguet numerals, minute and seconds scales, date and date hand, original certificate, rating accuracy certificate, original design notes, second case back, pin, leather folder, presentation box.
Signed Patek Philippe, Genève, Ref 5016P, movement no. 1’905’137, manufactured in 2007
Movement: cal. 27 PS-QR stamped with the Geneva seal, manual, 28 jewels, one minute lever tourbillon, repeating with two hammers on two gongs, signed
Dial: black with white gold Breguet numerals, English calendar, signed
Case: glazed display snap on back cover, 36.5 mm. diam., signed
Accessories: platinum Patek Philippe buckle, Certificate of Origin dated 2007, COSC Certificate, second solid platinum case back, setting pin, leather folder with instructions and product literature, presentation box, additional Extract from the Archives confirming the manufacture of the watch with black dial, white gold Breguet numerals, and its subsequent sale.
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