It took time for the wristwatch to become popular, because the classic pocket watch was long regarded as a symbol of masculinity. Yet is was in military circles that the first bracelets with integrated watches made their debut, and officer’s were the first to recognize their usefulness. With an undaunted fresh and innovative spirit, Patek Philippe acted on the idea of manufacturing rugged and highly functional wristwatches based on existing pocket watches.
Today, the company salutes this trailblazing era with it’s officer’s style watches. Granted they are modernized, but they still possess the characteristic features of the old days: the pronounced radius of the bezel, lugs with screws, sapphire crystal case backs protected by dust covers, and the turban crown. They are made for the tradition conscious gentlemen.
A Patek Philippe Officer’s style case is often 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.
Current Patek Philippe Officer’s style watches include the Patek Philippe Ref. 5159 Perpetual Calendar and the Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 5153J. Recently discontinued Officer’s style watches include References: 5053, 5054 and the 150th Anniversary model Reference 3960 produced in 1989.
Patek Philippe watches are highest examples of the fine art of watchmaking and are considered the finest timepieces made today.