Patek Philippe Calatrava 'Convertible'
Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
Patek Philippe is one of the few brands that knows how to execute simple perfection.
Over the years their dressy Calatrava line has evolved, but the look remains unmistakable and iconic, and its rich history provides the vintage enthusiast with a variety of choices in metals, sizes, and tiny details to obsess over.
This particular Calatrava, however, has a trick up its sleeve. A rare Reference 3418 Convertible, it can be worn one of two ways: either on its integrated, stainless steel mesh bracelet, or, by swapping out the bracelet for a pair of lugs — which we have included with the watch — with a conventional two-piece strap. Produced between 1958 and 1962 only in steel, the 3418 is the type of clever design that was popular in midcentury watchmaking, but that has all but disappeared today.
This particular Reference 3418 is housed in a 34mm stainless steel case with an acrylic crystal, a signed crown, and a polished bezel. It features a silver sunburst dial with applied baton indices, a matching ‘pencil’ handset, and a sub-seconds register at 6 o’clock. Powered by the Patek Philippe Calibre 12-400 manually wound movement, it comes paired to its steel mesh bracelet with a siged, belt-loop clasp, which can be swapped out for the (included) conventional lugs if desired.
Rare, fetching, and innovative, this particular Calatrava is a special find — even within an already-notable model family. Examples that still include their swappable lugs are tough to come by, so you know what we’re going to say:
Dont sleep on it!
The case is in very good condition overall showing normal signs of wear from age and use. Caseback shows wear. Sunburst silver dial with both printed and applied indices is in excellent condition with matching handset. Signed crown.
From the simple elegance of their Calatrava line to the stunning study in miniaturization that is reference 1518 perpetual calendar to the modern reference 5750P chiming watch, Patek’s catalog is chock full of some of the most elegant and complicated timepieces ever made. Family-owned and completely independent, the firm has the freedom to do what it wants — such as discontinue one of the world’s most beloved steel luxury sport watches, the reference 5711 — when it wants.
Owning a Patek Philippe is for many the ultimate goal of timepiece collecting, and for a certain type, the only timepieces they collect. Whichever way you look at it, there is no questioning the elegance of design, superlative manufacture of their cases and movements, or the sheer elegance and emotion that comes from owning one.
Of course for a brand that is steeped in heritage, we are told “You never actually own a Patek Philippe…”
Well, you know the rest.
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Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.
We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
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Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns+
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.
Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.
We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.
We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.
Patek Philippe Calatrava 'Convertible'