Here is one of Patek Philippe's heavy hitters - the reference 5074 - featuring an oversized case, automatic winding, minutes repetition, perpetual calendar, and the preferred black dial. This is an awe inspiring watch, and In the upper-most echelon of collectable Patek Philippe watches. Patek's engineers had a specific goal for the reference 5074, to present collectors with the finest and purest repeating tone of any watch from any manufacture ever. Such an undertaking required not only extensive knowledge of, and research in, metallurgy and acoustics but also the combined learning of all of the preceding generations of Patek's master watchmakers, who kept meticulous notes on the construction of every preceding repeating caliber produced by the firm. When you hear the 5074's tone, you are hearing the culmination of 160 years of experience constructing the world's finest movements in a few short seconds.
Not only is the 5074 a remarkable horological accomplishment, it is also gorgeous. The 18k yellow gold case measures 41mm in diameter by 12.5mm thick. The watch will be delivered with the second, solid caseback along with the setting stylus.
Dial is black with applied golden arabic numerals and leaf style hands. The subdial at 3 o'clock displays month and leap year; the 6 o'clock subdial displays date and moonphase and the 9 o'clock subdial shows day and 24 hour time. Subdial hands are also leaf style, and the subdials are traced in gold.
Movement is the Patek Philippe automatic winding Caliber R 27Q. This caliber features micro-rotor construction, Cathedral gongs, 39 jewels, power reserve of 48 hours, 467 individual parts, and is stamped with the Geneva Seal.
Strap is hand-sewn black crocodile with an 18k Patek buckle.
The reference 5074 was introduced in 2002 and the yellow gold case was discontinued in 2005/6. It is likely that no more than 25 examples were produced in 18k yellow gold. The black dial is prized by collectors over the alternative silver dial.
Watch is indiscernible from new and is complete with all box and papers.