Rare Bird: Patek Philippe Calatrava ref. 3820 with Breguet Numerals. One of the Most Beautiful Time Only Watches Out There.

The Patek Philippe Calatrava ref. 3820 is one of the most iconic 'time only' watches out there and simply one of the best dress watches any one can have. The Patek ref. 3820 featuring applied Breguet numerals is even more special and a watch reserved for those wanting the best. The first Patek Philippe Calatrava was released in 1932 as ref. 96 and since then, its been one of the most iconic and classic watches from Patek with very little changes and always true to the essence of the brand. This timeless, understated watch is inspired by the minimalist principles of the Bauhaus —the German school of art and architecture which adheres to the principle that form must follow function— and the 'less is more' philosphy of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Its name, directly taken from the cross used by Patek Philippe as their logo is undisputed synonim of a legendary watch.

What makes this watch a 'rare bird' is not only the fact that it is now a discontinued reference, but also the fact that watch is in 18K rose gold and that features the coveted applied Breguet numerals on its dial. These numerals, are a special feature reserved for very special Patek Philippe timepieces and one that is typically very limited or scarce in terms of production numbers. The Patek Philippe ref. 3820 is fitted with a relatively small 32 mm 18K rose gold case with teardrop-shaped lugs and alligator strap with pin buckle, making it a perfect unisex watch.

The Patek Philippe ref. 3820 is powered by the ultra-thin 18-jewel manual wound in-house calibre 177 which is only 1.77 mm thick and still in production nowadays. Perhaps the biggest downside to this movement, is the fact that its diameter is not big enough to fill the case of the watch —since this 'rare bird' didn't come with a display case back but a solid one instead, we can't show you what we are talking about.

If you find one of these legendary Pateks and you can pull it off even with its small case diameter, you are a lucky watchlifestyler.

Sticker Price $11,000-$13,000 USD —depending on condition and availability of box and papers. For more info on Patek Philippe click here.