For all your chronographs, Nautiluses, annual calendars, Sky Moons and the rest, there is one Patek Philippe that for me, remains enduringly appealing. One of the true classics of the brand’s history, the Calatrava has been quietly maintaining its presence in Patek’s collections since 1932 and this year, comes in a new version, the Ref. 5227 with an officer’s case.
For those who don’t know, what is known as an officer’s case is a display back that is protected by a separate hinged cover. In this case, with a hinge hidden inside the cover so as to maintain a slim line to the watch when worn.
Although not a fan of all Calatrava designs over the years (I prefer the dauphine hands as per these new models, for example), I do love the dial and look of the new Ref. 5227 because it is so old-school, the new hinged cover is just an added bonus.
This latest version, with a date window and sweep seconds hand, is 39mm (9.24mm thick) and comes in white gold, yellow gold and rose gold, all with ivory lacquered dials and gold-applied hour markers. Opening up the hinged cover, you will see the automatic 324 S C movement inside. It has a minimum of 35 hours power reserve, maximum 45 hours.
What is there to say about this? It’s old-school Patek, and a dress watch with pure class that will not date.
Here’s a post on another rather attractive Patek officer’s case watch that I wrote about a few years ago for another blog.