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    Default Patek Philippe Calatrava 3944

    Hello all Patek lovers.

    I have just bought myself a classic Patek. It is the classic gents Calatrava in 18K yellow gold. It has the classic black strap with the 18K Patek buckle. It has the hobnail bezel. A classic white enamel dial with Romans, a date at 3 and a second’s hand. This is truly a classic Patek.



    But wait….. There is 1 major flaw.

    IT IS QUARTZ.

    Yes – I just bought a quartz Patek Philippe Calatrava. Reference 3944.

    Did I make a serious mistake? I think not.

    Patek Philippe lives in the commercial world. In the early 90s a major luxury brand like Patek needed a quartz solution for retiring businessmen…. For yuppies on the rise. These are people who had gotten used to the ultra precision of their Omega Constellation 2 tone in quartz. Patek filled this niche easily with the 3944. At the time it was similar in pricing to the mechanical 3919.

    You might think anyone who bought a quartz Patek is a fool. However in the 90s it was not quite that clear. The quartz was presented as the evolution of the modern age with one of the best quartz movements ever made. See the old advertisements for the 3944 and it was sold as the way of the future BUT with the tradition of the past.

    Patek is not a new comer to quartz. NO – Patek was one of the founding fathers of the quartz invention. Infact Patek quartz was so technologically advanced Patek had a big market for ships chronometers. YES – many an ocean liner, super tanker from the 70s/80s/90s will have a Patek Quartz Ships Chronometer.

    To describe this phenomenon it is similar today how the market is for oversize watches. But you say Patek would never do this… But Patek just killed the 3919 33mm watch in favor of the 5119 which is essential the same watch but with a clumsy 36mm watch case.

    BUT hang on….. Isn’t it foolish to make a watch larger than necessary? I thought old watch making class was to make the watch as thin/small as possible. BUT Patek lives in the commercial world. So they killed the 3919 …… add 3mm and called it the 5119.

    In 10 years time will people say the 36mm watch is rubbish?

    Will collectors crave the 33mm 3919?

    I have no idea. However I don’t think it really matters as it is still a Patek. Just like my 3944 is a Patek.

    Because I bought a quartz unloved Patek model I got a substantial discount. I paid US$3800- for this watch with Patek box. If I bought a 3919 on the used market I would pay twice that price.

    So buying the 3944 Calatrava I already got a huge discount. Is it really a watch without soul? I think not. It is a known fact that sex is 90% in the head and 10% physical. Perhaps you should reread those 90s adverts and regain the passion for the 3944 quartz model.

    The 3944 has the potential to become wanted in the futre. I seem to remember that the Rolex Explorer 1 was not really a loved model! Even the Milgause was looked down upon. Does this mean the Patek 3944 will become the next Plastic Red Seadweller? I have no idea nor do I care.

    I have a bargain Calatrava on my wrist and I am not going to think it is rubbish because somebody on a watch forum thinks I am a fool.

    WARREN BUFFET ALSO WEARS THIS VERY SAME MODEL! Ref 3944

    FOOTNOTE:-
    I have since sold this watch. At the end of the day the Quartz movement was annoying me. Sorry - I have no spine... I loved this watch but I could not stand the negativity of the movement.


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    Default Re: Patek Philippe Calatrava 3944

    Interesting story and very well written Archie, thanks for sharing. I was looking at some of your past posts, and they're written so well and with a lot of wit. I think you'd make an excellent blogger or even a writer for a men's magazine. You really know your stuff. By the by, have you seen the Patek Philippe World Time with the enamal dial?
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    ^ I agree with lrc!!! You would be great!

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    Default Re: Patek Philippe Calatrava 3944

    Hello LRC123,
    Thank you for your very kind words!

    Please excuse my spelling errors/grammar as I sometimes write these articles whilst at work.... sometimes I don't have complete concentration to proofread them!

    The Patek World time is amazing.... my personal preference is for the PATEK WORLD TIME in White Gold, Blue high lights, Blue straps.... A WATCH TO DIE FOR!

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