Kaplans Important Watches is the highlight of the spring for every watch enthusiast in Stockholm, and Sweden for that matter, and I had the great pleasure of taking an exclusive sneak peek at some of the top lots of the auction. The auction takes place the 16th of May and we are proud to host a preview event for our friends at Klocksnack.se beforehand.
Mikael Wallhagen of Kaplans and myself took a closer look at three magnificent Patek Philippe watches, a small, but important, selection of the auction’s 191 watches.
The 5130G is perhaps as classic as a Patek Philippe can look, an iconic watch that any horology lover instantly recognises. This World Time watch is considered by many to be the gold standard even for other haute horology brands, and I can’t do anything but agree. Very comfortable to wear at 39 mm and with an 18k white gold case that gives the watch just the right weight. It’s also a rather thin watch thanks to the 240 HU automatic movement which is an in-house caliber measuring just 3.88 mm. It has a micro-rotor to maintain the slim profile and the Patek Philippe Gyromax balance wheel. The World Timer is easy to set and the dark blue colour for night time makes the watch just as crisp as a Patek Philippe should be.
The Patek Philippe ref 3940 Perpetual Calendar was replaced with the 5140 in 2008. The replacement is most importantly a little bigger with a case measuring 37 mm and the bezel changed to a taller convex bezel, giving it a more streamlined look. Inside is caliber 240Q with a beautiful micro rotor in 22k gold which you can see through the sapphire case back. It features an annual calendar ,which means it adjusts automatically for leap years. Also seen on the dial is the beautiful moon phase and perhaps my favorite detail – the subtile index markers. From 2008 with box and papers.
My absolute favorite, the 5164 Aquanaut Travel Time. What is so brilliant about it? Well, perhaps the date sub dial, beautifully taking a lot of attention on the dial without making the dial stand out to much. Or perhaps the iconic Genta design combined with one of the watch worlds most comfortable straps. In any case this is definitely a favorite of mine. Inside you’ll find a caliber 334 housed in the 40,8 mm wide case, which has a sapphire case back so you can se the beautifully engraved movement. Comes with box and papers, from 2014.
See the whole Kaplans Important Watches listing by clicking here.
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