Early Patek Philippe Calatrava Wristwatch Retailed by Oscar Linke Genova c.1928 (recase)

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The Watch

Previous to the 1900s Patek was mostly known for its pocket watches, as they were more popular and widely used by the public. They were commissioned to make great works for aristocrats around Europe – gaining fame as a brand themselves. From the early 20th century Patek Philippe produced wristwatches with some early references often being purchased back from the Patek Philippe Museum in recent times. Today, Patek Philippe is mostly known for its wristwatches.


This particular Patek dates from 1928 and was originally delivered to be retailed by an Italian Company called Oscar Linke in Genova, with their company name sitting proudly above the sub second register. We believe that this Watch would have been delivered in a 18ct Gold case to Oscar Linke, regrettably at some stage in this Patek's 94 year existence, it has been rehoused in a Steel Case. The Steel Case is most certainly custom made and is of some age.
Why? No one knows for certain, we can hazard a guess at maybe the Original Owner melted the case down for gold value or maybe it got damaged beyond repair. 
The Watch was fully inspected by Patek Philippe, London in 2014 and they provided a document confirming that the Dial, Movement and Hands were original Patek. It was also fully serviced by Patek Philippe expert David Duggan, also in 2014. These Documents accompany the Watch alongside a Patek Service Box.

View this Patek in a video: here



The Specs

Age: c.1928
Movement: Manual Wind with Sub Seconds.
Timekeeping: Very good.
Service History: Last known Service December 2014.
Dial: Original Patek Philippe Factory Porcelain Double Signed Dial.
Case: Stainless Steel.
Measurements: without/with Crown: 33.1mm/35mm End to End: 39.1mm
Bezel: Solid.
Water Resistant?: No.
Hands: Original.
Crystal: Acrylic crystal.
Crown: Period Onion Crown. 
Strap/Bracelet: New 17mm Black Genuine Leather Hirsch Aristocrat Strap with Stainless Steel buckle.
Lug Width: 17mm

Getting Acquainted

Bits that stand out:
- Extremely Aesthetically Pleasing Dial. 
-Double Signed Dial.
Beautiful Blue Steeled Hands.
- 33mm Case, elegant.
- Patek Verified.

Nitty Gritty:
- Non Original Case.
-Very faint, small hairlines to the 94 year old dial, near the 10 and one on the sub seconds dial.

Overall the PP is in lovely Vintage condition.
The Dial is in a lovely condition. 94 years old!
There is small damage near the 10, however it is very hard to see to the naked eye, The photo is an extreme close up.
Steel Case is in good nick. It is slightly tarnished, which is a sure sign of age. 
The caseback is nice. It has a service sticker on there from David Duggan.
The Onion Crown is very nice and in keeping with the watch.
Crystal has been replaced as part of the Service, in good nick.
Hands are in beautiful order.