- A FINE AND POSSIBLY UNIQUE PLATINUM AUTOMATIC WORLD TIME WRISTWATCH WITH 24-HOUR INDICATION CUSTOMIZED FOR DOHA WITH ABBREVIATED WORLD LOCATIONSREF 5110P MVT 3206100 CASE 4108767 MADE IN 2000
- diameter 37 mm, thickness 9 mm
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This Ref. 5110 World Time wristwatch features a very rare location/time zone bezel that has not appeared at auction before and is currently the only example known. While there have been several special editions, such as the Mecca Emerald Green (150 pieces), Munster, Singapore, Taipei, and a 'standard' Doha edition, this particular example is different from them all. The bezel is calibrated with abbreviated world locations – these follow the standard 5110 bezel locations although Geneva (GVA) replaces Paris, and Doha is rendered in red and replaces Moscow. Some of the abbreviated locations are given in the local airport format, for example, LAX for Los Angeles International Airport. Almost certainly a special order, this bezel was designed for ease of use during multiple international trips. A summary of the major differences between the present watch and the standard platinum 5110 are given below:
• Doha replaces Moscow as a location and is rendered in red
• Geneva replaces Paris as a location
• All locations except Doha given in abbreviated format, some as international airport codes
The 5110 was launched in 2000, making this watch one of the first examples of the model to have been made. The Ref. 5110 World Time wristwatch effortlessly combines form and function to produce a wristwatch upon which the time in 24 world locations can easily be viewed. The complex patented world-time mechanism allows the single push button to simultaneously control the adjustment of the 24 hour and location rings and the current local time. Inspired by Patek Philippe's vintage world time wristwatches, such as the legendary reference 2523, the design of the 5110 combines 21st century technology with classic styling. Production of reference 5110 ceased in 2006.