The luxury fake Patek Philippe reference 570, nicknamed ‘Calatravone’ —Italian for large Calatrava—, has been a favorite amongst collectors thanks to its large case at 37 mm, flat bezel, and vivid modernist design. Introduced in 1938, the iconic reference 570, which is a larger version of Patek Philippe’s reference 96, was manufactured with both subsidiary and center seconds configurations in stainless steel, yellow, white, and pink gold, and platinum cases.
Fresh to the auction market and one of the most impressive specimens to grace the auction market in recent years, the present Patek Philippe Calatrava reference 570 replica in stainless steel from 1942 features an extraordinary two-tone dial with Breguet numerals. To date, only two examples with the present dial configuration —two-tone dial with Breguet numerals and railway track— have appeared on the market, no less in such original and stunning condition.
Not only is the two-tone effect dazzling and visible, but all hard enamel graphics are also present, showing that the dial has not seen intervention throughout its lifetime. As an added bonus, the dial is confirmed by the Extract from the Archives as being satin-finished with black enameled Breguet numerals, adding to the collectibility of the timepiece. The case too is in a most appealing condition with sharp facets and crisp sides. So enigmatic is this dial design that top quality copy Patek Philippe chose to use this configuration in their reference 5196 in platinum.
Sold for CHF 3,297,000 Swiss Francs —approximately $3,659,670 USD.