PATEK PHILIPPE | REF 5020G 'LUMINOUS GREY DIAL', A POSSIBLY UNIQUE WHITE GOLD PERPETUAL CALENDAR CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES AND LEAP YEAR INDICATION, MADE IN 2009 | 百達翡麗 |5020G型號「LUMINOUS GREY DIAL」白金萬年曆計時腕錶備月相及閏年顯示，2009年製
REF 5020G 'LUMINOUS GREY DIAL'
A POSSIBLY UNIQUE WHITE GOLD PERPETUAL CALENDAR CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES AND LEAP YEAR INDICATION
MADE IN 2009
5020G型號「LUMINOUS GREY DIAL」白金萬年曆計時腕錶備月相及閏年顯示，2009年製
Dial: grey with applied Breguet numeral at 12 o'clock and luminous hour markers
Caliber: cal. 27-70 manual winding movement, 24 jewels
Movement number: 3049230
Case: 18k white gold, snap on sapphire display case back
Case number: 2994129
Closure: 18k white gold Patek Philippe buckle
Size: width 37 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin dated April 15, 2011, Extract from the Archives confirming the year of manufacture in 2009, and date of sale on April 18, 2011 confirming the slate-grey dial, one white gold Breguet numeral and tachometer scale, leather bi-fold, and instructional booklets
The case is in very good overall condition, and in our view, has seen a light polishing in its past. There is some minor surface scratching visible throughout, with one more noticeable scratch on the left side of the case from 8 o'clock to 11 o'clock.
Dial is in excellent overall condition.
Calendar functions phasing - pushers to the case bands. Chronograph function operating. The movement is running at time of cataloging, however it was not tested for the accuracy of time or duration of the power reserve and may need service at the buyer's discretion. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping."
Launched in 1994, the 5020, also known as the ‘TV screen' due to its particular cushion-shaped case design, is an extremely rare variant of Patek Philippe most important series, the perpetual calendar chronograph. The reference was only in production for about eight years and was available in yellow, pink or white gold, and platinum. The reference was a commercial failure at the time, with fewer than 800 pieces made in total during gits production run, of which only 100 pieces were housed in white gold (compared to 350 in yellow gold, 150 in rose gold and 150 in Platinum). The 5020s unusual case design houses the legendary Lemania based caliber M.27-70/155 with Geneva Seal which was also used in its predecessor reference 3970 and successor reference 5970.
This example, without doubt, can be considered one of the rarest 5020s in any metal to appear on the market. What makes this example so unusual is the special-order grey dial featuring Breguet 12, tachymeter scale and six luminous numerals and luminous hands. This dial is further signed with the monogram of the original owner at 6 o'clock. Sold on the April 15th 2011, this watch has never been offered for sale publicly before.
Presented in excellent condition, this watch is a possibly unique variant on one of Patek Phillipe’s rarest and most unusual grand complications.