One of their most popular modern complications, but with a history of some eight decades, Patek Philippe’s World Timer watches are immediately recognisable. In their modern guise, Patek started the ball rolling in 2000 with the Reference 5110, which was superseded by the Reference 5130 in 2006, which was then followed a decade later by the Reference 5230.
At Watches and Wonders 2022 a couple of new interpretations of existing models were introduced, of which one features the first platinum case for the Reference 5230. The new models are the 5231G-2, the 7130R-1, and the one which we are looking at today, the 5230P-001.
Firstly, the size. It is 38.5mm with a thickness of 10.23mm, and a water resistance of 30m.
The blue dial has a new circular hand guilloché pattern, and gold applied hour markers. The world time function displays twenty-four time zones, with day/ night indication. They can be adjusted/ corrected in one hour increments via the pusher at 10 o’clock.
Visible through the case back is the automatic Calibre 240 HU with a 22k gold micr-rotor which beats at 21,600 VPH and has a power reserve of 48 hours. This is, of course, the same movement used in the other 5130s, but also other Patek world time models as well.
This is a familiar watch in size and design, so there are no surprises. To handle, it obviously has the platinum heft, but with this sizing it feels comfortable on the wrist.
Coming on a navy blue calfskin strap, it has an RRP of AUD 100,350.