Perpetual Calendar watches with retrograde date in an enlarged officer’s-style case are a long standing Patek Philippe tradition. Officer’s watches have their backs protected by dust covers. The Patek Philippe 5159G is the rediscovery of a legendary timepiece with a Perpetual Calendar and a retrograde date in a larger Officer’s style case with a redesigned dial.
The Patek Philippe 5159G takes the officer’s watch into a new dimension. The diameter of the
case, which features a gold dust cover that protects the sapphire crystal back, is 38 mm
approximately 2 mm more than its predecessor.
The dial of the Patek Philippe 5159G has been thoroughly reworked to reflect the statelier prominence of this wristwatch.The Roman numerals in the hour circle were slightly extended. Their larger, elongated look enhances readability. The dial features a hand guilloched sunburst pattern in the center, a radiant contrast to the silvery opaline background. The day, month and leap year displays in apertures, as well as the retrograde date indication with a flyback hand, are elegantly arranged, emphasizing the understated nobility of this perpetual calendar timepiece. The moonphase display in the aperture at 6 o’clock is also eloquently integrated in the layout. The hour and minute hands, which are black oxidized gold, as well as the slender seconds hand, appear to hover above the dial. The Patek Philippe 5159G, is one of the few perpetual calendar watches with a center sweep second. Even the case of the Patek Philippe 5159G is complex and just as sophisticated as the timepiece itself. A solid gold dust cover, an authentic hallmark of Patek Philippe officer’s watches, protects the display back. Although this may seem simply aesthetic, when the cover snaps shut, it must be tight around the entire circumference. The casemaker checks this precision fit with a magnifying glass and at the same time listens attentively to the click and will patiently adjust the hinge until the perfectly sealed cover makes the sound that is associated with a Patek Philippe officer’s watch.
The sapphire-crystal case back of this Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar watch reveals the well known self-winding caliber 315 S QR movement,which automatically recognizes the duration of each month and keeps track of leap years. S stands for sweep seconds, Q for perpetual calendar, and R for the retrograde date with the flyback hand.
Patek Philippe 5159G Perpetual Calendar
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