Working with Harold Freeman Jewelers was a pleasure. The transaction was seamless and they followed through just as they promised and in a timely fashion. Trustworthy and knowledgeable. I would do business with them again.
Harold Freeman delivered on all they promised. I was nervous spending a large amount of money, but knowing I was working with an authorized dealer, coupled with the comfort I gained through my conversations with Ron set my mind at ease. Harold Freeman Jewelers were truly a pleasure to deal with and I’d have no hesitation in recommending them to others – great price too!
After talking to several Patek Philippe dealers, it became obvious very quickly that Harold Freeman Jewelers (Ron in particular) were a cut above the rest. His knowledge of the product, references and integrity truly set him apart from the rest. The complete transaction was without any issues or concerns on my part. The honest, open communication was much appreciated. I would never even consider anyone else in the future. I guess it’s obvious by now that I would highly recommend this individual and dealership.
So far, I've purchased two Breitings from Harold Freeman Jewelers. Easy transaction for each of them. He makes buying easy and painless. Love the watches.
Wonderful transaction. A Patek AD that is actually knowledgeable about their products, care about their clients, and totally trustworthy. Patek dealers like this are hard to find.
The Patek Philippe 5960/1A Annual Calendar Chronograph is a wristwatch that emanates the cool sheen of stainless steel. It is one of the manufacture’s rare classically elegant wristwatches outside the casually exclusive Nautilus and Aquanaut collections that combine a complicated movement with a stainless steel case. This debut is bound to capture the attention of collectors and brand aficionados.
Launched in 2006, the Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph in platinum won instant acclaim. It was the manufacture’s first self-winding chronograph, manifested a new and unique style with its prominent monocounter and three large calendar apertures, and quickly established itself as one of the most coveted timepieces of the Patek Philippe portfolio. The success story continued with further versions in platinum and rose gold. Now, the letter “A” in the model designation for the Patek Philippe 5960/1A, stands for acier (steel in French), announces a paradigm change. The Annual Calendar Chronograph in stainless steel is not only the latest sibling of its lineage but will also replace all current gold and platinum versions.
Patek Philippe 5960/1A : A Stainless Steel Patek
Patek Philippe’s stainless steel watches have traditionally ranked among the most desirable timepieces because they were made only in small numbers. They were not regularly produced until 1976, when the manufacture introduced the casually elegant Nautilus line. Its memorable slogan: “One of the world’s most expensive watches is made of steel.” Twenty years later, the attractively stylish Aquanaut was also endowed with a stainless steel case. With very few exceptions – such as the ultra-thin Ref. 5950A split-seconds chronograph which has been in the collection since 2010 – all other Patek Philippe men’s wristwatches were systematically cased in gold or platinum. As regards this strict distinction between casual and classic watches, the Patek Philippe 5960/1A is another one of these seductive exceptions.
Red accents with a signal effect
Technical excellence also describes the new silvery-gray dial with its striking red accents, interesting bright-dark contrasts, and the dynamic, performance-oriented looks of its explicitly three-dimensional architecture. An uncommon feature in a Patek Philippe watch: the red “1” in the date aperture, which kicks off each month with a colorful stimulus while the dates from the 2nd to the 31st days are displayed black on white. It is a genuine premiere for Patek Philippe, as is the combination of an Annual Calendar chronograph with a steel case and the stainless steel “drop” links bracelet that underscores the functionality of the Patek Philippe 5960/1A as a measuring instrument. Thirteen appliques in black oxidized gold produce the expressive 3D effect: the chronograph scale on the periphery of the dial with twelve luminous five-minute markers, the three distinctively contoured frames for the aperture displays of the day, date, and month, the eight pointed-baton hour markers, each with three facets and a recessed sink at the flat end, as well as the 12-hour counter scale at 6 o’clock. Additionally, the dial features two printed concentric chronograph minute counter scales (0 to 30 and 30 to 60 minutes) within the applied hour counter scale, a small day/night indication at 6 o’clock, and the minus and plus symbols for the power-reserve indicator beneath the
date aperture. The redesigned hands of the Ref. 5960/1A accentuate the dynamic elegance of the watch. The hour and minute hands in black oxidized gold feature three facets to match the hour markers and have a luminescent coating to improve legibility at night. The brass hour-counter hand is black nickel-plated to match the applied counter scale.
The large counterbalanced chronograph hand in steel and the small minute-counter hand in brass are bright red as dynamic hints that they are used for measurements in competitive sports. The power-reserve hand in black nickel plated gold was redesigned as well. It is now somewhat wider and skeletonized.
Precision conceived from tradition and innovation
The hands and the calendar displays are powered by the Patek Philippe CH 28-520 IRM QA 24H caliber with flyback chronograph and Annual Calendar as well as power-reserve and day/night indications. It beats with a frequency of 28,800 semi-oscillations per hour (4 hertz), which assures a constant balance amplitude and thus high rate accuracy. A heavy central rotor in 21K gold winds the watch automatically. The movement is a prime example of tradition paired with innovation. It combines the classic column-wheel control concept with a modern vertical disk clutch that eliminates the risk of hand jump or recoil when the stopwatch function is activated. The clutch is practically friction-free, so that the chronograph hand can be used as a permanently running seconds hand if desired.
The patented Spiromax® balance spring made of Silinvar® is another innovative feature. Its isochronous oscillation, low mass, anti-magnetic properties, and unique geometry assure high rate stability and uniformity. These are ideal prerequisites for the fulfillment of the Patek Philippe Seal precision criteria which for mechanical movements of this size tolerate a rate deviation of no more than -3 to +2 seconds per day. This rate accuracy also benefits the patented Patek Philippe Annual Calendar, a modular ensemble that is a scant 2.48 mm high despite its 154 parts. Displaying the first day of the month in red, the calendar automatically recognizes months with 30 and 31 days and only needs to be manually corrected by one day on March 1 of each year. With its elegance and technical panache, the Patek Philippe 5960/1A Annual Calendar Chronograph is destined to become a bestseller that derives fresh charisma from the noblesse and cool luster of stainless steel. As of this year, it replaces all Ref. 5960 Annual Calendar Chronographs in gold and platinum.
Mechanical self-winding movement
Caliber CH 28-520 IRM QA 24H
60-minute and 12-hour mono counter
Day, date and month in apertures
Silvery opaline dial with blackened gold applied hour markers
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Harold Freeman Jewelers
100 Indian Rocks Rd NBelleair Bluffs, Florida33770