Timekeeping is not easy, especially when we talk about accuracy. Let us not forget the mechanism, which includes leap year and Earth rotation around the sun. I will try to keep it as easy as possible to demonstrate what a perpetual calendar watch actually is and how it has benefitted us.
Before these watches, the world depended on the Georgian calendar, which was the only thing to know the exact time.
However, after a few times, it was realized that using it will ultimately take us to the wrong time. Ok, let me put this more simply, after every 4oo hundred years, the Gregorian calendar will be 3 days ahead of the actual time.
It was quite problematic to get all this resolved. Patek Phillipe stepped up to put all his hard work into making a timepiece that will be super accurate regardless of the time frame it has been used.
Moreover, the working of the perpetual calendar is formed by surpassing
- Seconds, stopwatch, time-only, time + date, weekly calender, triple calendar, and annual calendar
- Seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, short and long months, and leap year
After all these time segments and complications, we get the perpetual calendar.
However, the only thing with these watches is that it needs to be adjusted for a single day after 100 years.
Perpetual Calendar Watch
Patek first made a perpetual calendar watch is a women’s pendant. After many years, when the men’s wristwatches gained enough recognition, this whole mechanism was placed in the dial.
Nonetheless, one great thing about Patek watches is that the wearer can not see the complexity of working as the dials are subtle and elegant.
Patek Philippe Reference 1526
Patek perpetual calendar watches are admired for their simplicity. The same is the case with this first Patek Philippe perpetual calendar watch; it has a simple design combined with gold markers and case boundaries.
Besides that, it has an uncomplicated band that is classy and easier to wear and take off—also, the dial features, date, and day.
As it is a Patek Philippe calendar, the accuracy is impressive. Since it was the first watch, there was a huge sale, and the results were overwhelming.
Moreover, during its release, WWII was going on, and let us not forget that watches were the most used accessories in wars.
People started to love this calendar watch because, unlike the many other brands that complicate the dial, it is elegant and easier to read the time.
Patek Philippe Reference 1518
When it comes to Patek perpetual calendar, everyone has their own preferences, but one thing common in every one of these watches is the accuracy of time and date.
This one right here is my all-time favorite. The reason is that it has a moon phase. It was really like by the travelers.
With all the accuracy of time, the travelers didn’t want to miss these perpetual calendar watches. Hence this masterpiece was introduced in the market.
Besides that, the design is one of a kind. The main dial is classy and features three subdials. For those who do not mind a crowded dial, this will be best to follow efficiency.
Also, it is just 35mm in diameter, and when it was released, its stainless steel material received a hot welcome.
Patek Philippe Reference 2499
The year 1951 marks the revelation of this mechanical perpetual calendar chronograph. It had all the complicated and high efficiency inside working.
Besides, that was a chronograph watch, a new present for the perpetual watches fan. In addition to that, it also features the moon phase.
However, one thing that was slightly different from the previous perpetual calendar mechanical watch was the size. Certainly, its case diameter is 37.6 mm.
Nonetheless, it was a little bigger than the previous watches but completely justified with its working complications. One thing to note here is that this model got the most updates among the many other best perpetual calendar watch.
Patek seemed to like 2499 as there were no new models but the same one with different markers or colors. Do not worry; the complexity of inside working never got changed. Hence, there was no compromise on the authenticity and accuracy.
Patek Philippe Reference 3449
This watch was a little understated, but it is one of the perpetual calendar watch models that actually represented Patek’s idea.
The dial simple as ever before and beautifully hiding the complexity of the tough working inside the case. Nonetheless, it features all the right information in the perfect way.
The dial is properly divided and also includes a subdial of the moon phase. Also, the date window was just similar to the first models.
Moreover, the perfect design also featured a classy band that has proper detailing to it. However, it was seen that this model didn’t get much attention, and the reason is undefined.
But the great thing about this 3449 is that its working is found in the updated and new models. The complications never failed accuracy.
Patek Philippe Reference 3970
When Patek released its mechanical watches with excellent accuracy, there was a boom in sales. But later on, the trend of mechanical watches deteriorated.
Which led to less purchase of this automatic perpetual calendar, and Patek started to lose its charm. On the other hand, watches with a perpetual calendar before 3970 were introduced as favorite watches.
But this one didn’t receive much attention. It was mainly for two reasons: the dial was a little too complicated than the previous watches.
Hence, this time Patek didn’t introduce the skeleton watch in its perpetual calendar but made the dial a little busier than before.
In addition to that, in the 1980s, a bigger watch trend was started, and it was neither big nor small. For doctors, timekeeping is essential. However, this other collection will prove a better choice.
Patek Philippe Reference 5207
This is the real beast in the world of perpetual calendar watch because it was accurate and efficient. As we already mentioned that in the 1980s, mechanical watches were losing their charm.
Not in terms of working but there were many new innovated watches in the market and people went for those. Anyways in 2008, this 5207 turned the tables with its overly complicated working yet simple dial.
One thing that was unique in this was the tourbillion. Also, with this, this Patek model was more spontaneous. Previously, the watches would take so much time to jump that the wearer gets tired.
However, 5270 did it immediately regardless of the complexity of working. In addition to that, the design was subtle as usual. With a blue dial and band, it was the choice of many especially watch lovers who admire complexity.
Patek Philippe Reference 5208
5207 was the base of this model, and it used many features used in the 5207. However, instead of the tourbillion, it introduced many innovative features in this watch.
Nonetheless, it is one of the most complicated watches when it comes to Patek perpetual calendar watches.
For instance, it features a Silinvar oscillator with a Spiromax balance spring and a Pulsomax. Now, this may seem some technical words to you, but a watch collector or lover would know how complicated all these are when combined.
Also, we shouldn’t forget that its innovation is what ensured its high position in the market. The reason to add this here is that the hard work of hands mostly puts together this watch. Yes, it is a traditional watch.
More importantly, it perfectly showcases the early watches of Patek with new tech updates.
Patek Philippe Reference 5550
Nonetheless, Patek ensures that the traditional watches never go out of the market. However, with years the watches have seen immense technological features in their dial.
Especially when it comes to its working that offers higher accuracy, Patek introduced this 5550 in the market, with high and innovative technology yet in a traditional watch.
In addition to that, some watches by Patek showcases a little complicated dial that includes subdials. Therefore, it was easier for the people to get that there must be complicated working behind this watch piece. But when it comes to this model, the watch features technology, but the design hides it subtly.
It will not be wrong to say that it is one of the simplest dials in this series. Also, the watch features dates and months in subdials rather than windows, hence sticking to the traditional style. Also, these automatic watches might be more suitable for you.
Patek Philippe Reference 5204
This model was different than all the Patek watch models in history. In 2012, it was decided to give new charms to these watches. So this 5204 features a separate seconds chronograph.
It was new for the manufacturers and surprising for the perpetual calendar watch wearers because these watches were known as the complex watches with the simplest design.
However, this is not the case with this model, as the subdials showcased the innovation elegantly. Also, it is a blend of black and gray-white color.
It goes best on the wrist. Also, it wasn’t smaller than the first models. Because it was clearly observed that men no longer wore small dial watches.
Patek Philippe Reference 5327G
When it comes to recent years, Patek has quite upgraded its watch designing and inside features. For instance, this one comes in white gold, and there is one subdial that indicates the leap year.
Nonetheless, it is a self-winding watch and comes with other complicated features. However, when it comes to its outer or final look, you can see that the design is simple and not overly complicated.
To beautify the watch, it uses only 27 jewels and offers a power reserve of 38 hours. Also, the time is quite easier to read.
Patek Philippe Reference 5320G
Although it is a recent release, it will take you back to the 1940s collection of watches. Unlike the previous model, which depicted the recent time’s trends, it is more of a vintage watch.
Therefore, the dial comes in a cream color and the numerals in gold color. However, the features are new and represent the new era.
For starters, the dial’s diameter is 40mm, which was as per the wearers’ demand. Also, it comes with crucial complexity, but the back was fully interchangeable, just in case. Since it represented somewhat the old times, the clasp is totally hand build.
Patek Philippe Reference 5270P
This model took everyone by surprise, as the model features all the recent technologies. Still, it has all the traditional mechanism that truly makes it a Patek Philippe perpetual calendar moon phase.
Nonetheless, the design is as classy as before, but it also has an ultimate look with a dress. More importantly, it is a manually wound watch rather than an automatic one.
In addition to that, it has all the complexity of working that leads to a successful working of time and date with higher accuracy.
Nevertheless, Patek’s watches are never disappointed when it comes to working and efficiency.