1955 Patek Philippe Vintage Large Mens Calatrava Ref. 2481 18K Gold Watch - The "King Size"

Patek Philippe

Item No. 6955SH

We are proud to offer the legendary 1955 Patek Philippe ref. 2481 Calatrava showcased in today's offering, a so-called "King Size" Patek.

A member of the famed Calatrava line, it features a very large-for- the-era 37mm case with a stunning design.

Its unique inward slanting brushed bezel, the opposite orientation of most, and elegant long faceted lugs give it a distinctive look. And its 37mm size without the crown makes it one of the very few vintage Pateks that fills out the wrist.

Ours has the most uncommon and we think by far most striking dial version - two tone silver with an outer 1/5 second track. We took one photo in direct light so you could see how prominent the tone difference is.

Powering it is Patek Philippe's 27SC movement, the very first Patek Philippe mechanism to feature direct center seconds.

As Patek Philippe aptly describes, "These inimitably elegant men's watches are impervious to short-lived trends, recapturing the hearts of each new generation."

Its part are all original down to all hands and the winding crown. It is in very pleasing condition, indicative of a watch worn with respect for its rarity and value. Its special original case is better than near mint. The case top has wonderful not overly polished lines and a strong hallmark.

The dial has been expensively restored by the leading dial restoration company in North America.

One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it. It is keeping exceptionally accurate time. Please inquire if you would like photos of the inside. We have installed a new mineral glass crystal to give a very clear view of the dial all the way to its full periphery.

For the finishing touch we have equipped it with a brand new crocodile strap making it ready for immediate enjoyment.

Accompanying the watch is its Extract from the Patek Philippe archives attesting to its originality.

Included with the purchase is a one-year warranty on the movement and its function, and a new timing certificate attesting to the watch's performance.

Don't miss the opportunity to own this classic Patek Philippe that is one of the original Calatravas and the "King Size" model...true classics, that occupy prestigious places among the great wristwatches of the 20th century. Modern Calatravas just can't match the charm and history of this vintage original.

Payment by bank wire only.

  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
  • Country of origin: Switzerland
  • Serial no.: 704,427
  • Year built: 1955
  • Model: Ref. 2481
  • Functions: Hours, Minutes, Sweep Seconds
  • Designed for: Men
  • Case material: 18K gold
  • Case markings (inside): Patek Philippe & Co, Geneve, Swiss, 18K .750, 688,489
  • Case condition: Better than near mint. One very light hint of an indention in the back. The case top has wonderful not overly polished lines and a strong hallmark.
  • Dimensions: 37mm wide (excluding crown), 46mm long lug tip-to-tip 
  • Dial: Two-tone silver with applied gold Roman and spherical indexes, outer 1/5 second register, expertly restored
  • Hands: Original, gold, "batons" with original counter-weighted seconds hand
  • Movement type: Cal. 27 SC signed Patek Philippe, rhodium-plated, fausses cotes decoration, 18 jewels, straight line lever escapement, cut bimetallic compensation balance, blued steel Breguet balance spring, swan neck micrometer regulator
  • Movement markings: Patek Philippe and Co., 27SC, Swiss, Geneve, No. 704,427
  • Band: Crocodile, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn with unsigned gold tone buckle. Please inquire if you would like a different strap installed. We have a wide variety of high quality straps.
  • Width between lugs: 18mm
  • Crystal type: Mineral glass, mint condition
  • Serviced: One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
  • Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system.
  • Warranty: 1-year international warranty. Please email concierge@cotwatches.com for details. Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an experienced team of watchmakers both of whom each have over forty years of experience and a large number of parts.
  • Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time custom box; PAPERS - Extract from the Patek Philippe Archives; New Connoisseur of Time timing certificate
  • Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee

We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee for all of our watches. If you are in any way unsatisfied with the watch we will fully refund the purchase price anytime within 7 days after the watch has been received. Our goal is to exceed our client's expectations throughout the buying experience.

All watches are packaged carefully and mailed double boxed in specially constructed, reinforced shipping boxes designed for high value items. All watches are sent fully insured with signature required. Most of our domestic shipping is done through FedEx. At times we will also use USPS Express Mail, and we can accommodate most requests for your preferred carrier. International shipments are sent USPS International Express Mail or FedEx.

The purchase price will be the declared value of the merchandise on any required customs forms. The payment of all customs duties, tariffs, and taxes are the responsibility of the buyer.

Also note that water resistance of vintage watches can no longer be guaranteed and is not covered under the watch's warranty. We do not recommend getting a vintage watch wet, even one that was originally designed to be waterproof.

To get an idea of how this watch will look on the wrist, please use the Watch Sizing Guide


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