Patek Philippe 5056P Platinum Annual Calendar, 2003
Reference 5056P was a historically important watch for Patek, because it is the first annual calendar model that was made with moon phase and power reserve. The watch is rare, because it was made for a short period and in small numbers between years 1999-2006. While it is one of the best value watches, it is quite collectible. Ref 5056P is a very complete watch in the sense that the incorporation of center seconds, a complete calendar with moon and power reserve present all the time-keeping features one practically needs.
Ref 5056P is a classic Calatrava: the proportions are 37mm diameter by 11 mm thick, and the sloping case lugs (reminiscent of the 2526) make it a very comfortable and easy watch to wear. This reference also bears the traditional Geneva Seal on the movement which Patek abandoned in 2009.
Visually, the highlight of this watch is the grained sunburst pattern of the dial that reflects light in playful ways. The dial is quite dynamic because of the use of white gold Roman numerals and luminescent indicators. It is much more beautiful on the wrist than in photos.
Finally, the 5056P in white metal is a versatile watch that wears equally fine in dress or casual occasions. As far as value, there is nothing competitive in this price point: Ref 3940 in platinum will cost you at least 2.5 times and an FP Journe annual calendar 4 times this price.
Case: 37mm x 11mm
Movement: Cal 315SC Automatic Featuring the Geneva Seal
Power Reserve: 48 hrs
Accessories: Box, Archival Document, Leather Wallet with manuals and instructions, White Gold Setting Stylus, Original Patek Strap, Original Platinum Buckle, and Hang Tag
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