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Favored for its sporty, elegant design, Ref. 5070 is among the largest wristwatches ever made by Patek Philippe. Introduced in 1998, the model marked Patek Philippe’s return to the manufacture of pure chronograph wristwatches (i.e., those without the addition of calendar work); such chronographs had been absent from the company’s production for almost 30 years, since the cessation of Ref. 1463 in the late 1960s. The inspiration for Ref. 5070 was Ref. 2512, a split-seconds chronograph produced by Patek Philippe between 1950 and 1952; indeed, the case and dial designs of the 5070 and 2512 are very much alike. The 5070 model has now been discontinued and, at Basel World in Spring 2010, the firm unveiled Ref. 5170 as its only gentleman’s "simple" chronograph.
The watch is in overall good condition with light wear throughout commensurate with age. Case is in overall good condition with minor surface wear. Strap has minor signs of surface wear throughout commensurate with age. Dial is in overall good condition. The movement is running at the 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.