Every so often we take a look at some of the bargains in watches to be found online, that’s if $360,000 can be considered a bargain. But then it is an extremely rare (only four known to exist) Patek Philippe Ref 5020G cushion case Perpetual Calendar.
Unlike most perpetual calandars made by Patek, the difference here is the cushion style case, also known as the “TV screen” case. The size, proportions and execution of this 18k white gold case are machined to perfection.
This particular model was discontinued in 1999 after a very brief and limited production. As a result, the white gold 5020 is so rare and collectable.
The cushion shaped 18k white gold case is 36mm square by 13.5mm thick. Sapphire crystals front and back. Round chronograph pushers. The case slants downward from the crystal, giving the watch sleek lines along with the ability to slide easily under shirt cuffs.
The dial is silvered, approaching white in colour, with applied Breguet style white gold arabic numerals and Breguet (or “pomme”) hands. Subdial at 3 o’clock displays chronograph minutes and leap year; subdial at 6 o’clock displays date and moonphase; subdial at 9 o’clock displays constant seconds and 24 hour time. Apertures below 12 o’clock display day and month.
As for the movement, it’s the Patek Philippe Calibre 27-70Q with the Geneva Seal stamped on its balance bridge. Technical details: 24 jewels, 353 individual parts; 60 hour maximum power reserve, Gyromax balance beating at 18,000 beats per hour.
The watch is offered by dealers Robert Maron on eBay.