REFERENCE 5070G-001 WHITE GOLD CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH MADE IN 2005
WHITE GOLD CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH
MADE IN 2005
Calibre: cal. 27-70 CHR manual winding, 24 jewels
Movement number: 3'362'374
Case: 18ct white gold, screw-down sapphire crystal display back
Case number: 4'292'841
Closure: Patek Philippe alligator strap with 18ct white gold Patek Philippe folding clasp
Dimensions: 42mm diameter
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin, spare Patek Philippe alligator strap, leather folder, booklets and presentation case
Case: recently repolished in very good condition Dial: excellent condition Movement: running at the time of cataloguing and chronograph functioning
Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of time and may need a service at the buyer's expense.
Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. You are advised that watch straps or bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator or crocodile) are not sold with the watch and we reserve the right to remove these straps or bands prior to shipping. Furthermore, the watch may not come with its original manufacturers strap or band. Prospective bidders should review the Conditions of Business, Authenticity Guarantee, the Guide for Prospective Buyers, and any Important Notice in the sale catalogue.
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The Reference 5070 represented Patek Philippe's return to production of chronograph watches in 1998 after a break of almost 30 years. The last chronograph model produced before this was reference 1463, production of which ceased in the late 1960s.
The 5070 was originally launched in yellow gold only, but after three years examples were produced in white gold. This was followed by pink gold in 2003 and platinum in 2008. Production ceased in 2010 with the introduction of the reference 5170.
The inspiration for the 5070 was the vintage reference 2512, a unique split-second chronograph wristwatch produced by Patek Philippe between 1950 and 1952. This legendary model can be seen exhibited at the Patek Philippe Museum (inv. P-1160). The case and dial designs are very much alike. (For images of the ref.2512, see Huber, M., & Banbery, A., Patek Philippe Wristwatches, Second Edition, p.274.)
The calibre 27 70 157 is largely recognised as one of the best chronograph movements and is based on a Nouvelle Lemania ébauche especially developed for Patek Philippe. The movement was only used in the 5070 and 5071 references (the white gold diamond-set version of the 5070).