Patek Philippe Calatrava 18ct Gold Wristwatch Ref 3944J Quartz

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The Watch

The Patek Philippe Calatrava is one of the most iconic watch collections of all time, with each of its time-only members carrying a distinct, symbolic weightiness in their lightweight, formal wear.

This example is the ref. 3944J, dating from the same year it was launched, 1985, the 3944J follows in the footsteps of the early 1970s debuted Calatrava ref. 3520, one of the first watches within the brand's catalogue to use a “Clous de Paris” guilloche – or hobnail – bezel, Roman numeral hour markers, and a straight lug case. Like the vintage model that preceded it, the 3944J includes these signatures, presenting a distinguished dress watch both in the catalogue of Patek, but furthermore within the luxury market at large. 


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The Specs

Age: c.1985
Movement: Quartz with Centre Seconds and Quickset Date Wheel.
Timekeeping: Very good.
Service History: Unknown, New Battery Fitted November 2022.
Dial: Original Patek Philippe Factory Roman Numeral Dial.
Case: 18ct Yellow Gold.
Measurements: without/with Crown: 33mm/34.5mm End to End: 36.3mm
Bezel: “Clous de Paris” Hobnail Bezel.
Water Resistant?: No.
Hands: Original.
Crystal: New Low Dome Acrylic Crystal.
Crown: Original Patek Signed Crown. 
Strap/Bracelet: New 18mm Black Genuine Alligator Leather Hirsch Regent Strap with Gold Plated buckle. RRP £75.00. Fits approx 7.5in wrist max.
Lug Width: 18mm

Getting Acquainted

Bits that stand out:
- Extremely Aesthetically Pleasing Roman Numeral Dial. 
-“Clous de Paris” Bezel.
- 33mm 18ct Gold Case, elegant.

Nitty Gritty:
- Nothing really. Some very small marks to the case but nothing to write home about.
Overall the PP is in lovely Vintage condition.
The Dial is in a lovely condition.
18ct Gold Case is in good nick. There are some very small marks to the caseback.
Original Patek Crown is very nice.
New low dome Crystal.
Hands are in nice order.