Patek Philippe Calatrava 5117J-001


Today, let us delve into the stunning Patek Philippe Calatrava 5117J-001, a 37mm diameter masterpiece crafted in 18-carat yellow gold. This refined men’s formal timepiece boasts impeccable design and harmonious proportions. The hobnailed bezel, integrated lugs, crown, and elegant black-on-white Roman numeral dial with blackened hands create a cohesive aesthetic.

Now, onto fit and ergonomics. Despite some deviations from traditional Calatrava standards, this timepiece sits comfortably at a mere 9mm thickness, hugging the wrist snugly. The hobnailed bezel adds character without compromising wearability. Measuring 46mm from lug to lug, it maintains a balanced profile without excessive flare.

Our Calatrava is adorned with a 9-ct yellow gold UK-made aftermarket bracelet, enhancing its classic allure. Additionally, the original lightly used dark brown alligator strap offers flexibility and a comfortable fit. The watch case and the lug bar allow ample space for wrist movement.

The proportions are well-balanced, offering comfort and elegance. At 37mm, it strikes a perfect balance between presence and subtlety, avoiding the bulkiness of modern dress watches.

Patek Philippe Calatrava enthusiasts are divided by unique dial, bezel, case, and crown guard features. Our Calatrava embodies a progressive aesthetic, blending classic traits with automatic winding powered by the calibre 315 SC.

The hobnailed bezel, popularised in the 1980s, adds a distinctive touch reminiscent of mid-19th-century simplicity. The 5117J-001 epitomizes luxury watchmaking, revered by many as the quintessential Calatrava.

This watch, acquired on April 12, 2005, comes complete with its original leather-bound presentation box, ‘Certificate of Origin’, Movement Manual, and unworn Alligator strap, all enclosed in their original leather and suede pouches.

The flowing crown guards offer a contemporary interpretation, seamlessly integrated into the case design. The date aperture adds functionality while maintaining elegance.

Despite lacking luminescent material, the high contrast between blackened hands and the white matte dial ensures excellent legibility in any light. The absence of excessive dial textures emphasises the bezel’s brilliance, creating a timeless aesthetic.

The case back reveals the Patek Philippe 315SC movement, featuring the Geneva hallmark finishing. The meticulously finished components demonstrate Patek’s craftsmanship and commitment to excellence.

With its exquisite craftsmanship and timeless elegance, the 18ct yellow gold, 37mm Hobnail Calatrava ref. 5117J-001 is truly exceptional.



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We aim to dispatch items within 1-2 days receipt of payment.

The delivery method can vary depending on the value of the watch. All watches are sent fully insured usually using UPS.

All watches sold without an original box will still be dispatched with a high quality presentation box.


All timepieces purchased from us come with a guarantee of authenticity and our 12-month time-keeping warranty. Please note that accidental damage or damage to the item resulting from third-party repairs, improper handling, or liquid damage will void our warranty. We do not guarantee any of our watches to be waterproof.