Patek Philippe Calatrava Freccero 1940s

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  • Condition: Good
  • Model: 1473
  • Movement: Manual Wind
  • Strap Length: Adjustable
  • Scope: Original Box
  • Year: c.1941
  • Case Width: 31mm
  • Listing ID: SD016549
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The watch is in good condition considering its age. The dial has some marks as pictured, the leather strap is from the Piaget brand and in very good condition. Comes with an old Patek box in average condition, the corners of the box have split and has been repaired in the past.

The watch has just been serviced by our workshop.

This watch is a rare double-signed Patek Philippe, featuring the Uruguayan jeweller Freccero. The jeweller's history dates to 1870, when Francisco Freccero and Oscar Spangerberg founded the outfit. Freccero later acquired Spangerberg’s share of the business, changed the name, and moved it to a location in downtown Montevideo.


To many, Patek Philippe is the epitome of the high-end watchmaker. Throughout its nearly two centuries' of existence, it has weathered everything from the World Wars to the Quartz Crisis of the 1980s. Even today, it's widely acknowledged to be amongst the most successful and prestigious watchmakers, with its creations gracing wrists of everyone from bankers and politicians to rappers and actors.

Patek Philippe began its life as Patek, Czapek & Cie. in 1839 and made its name by making some of the most accurate watch movements. By the turn of the century, Patek was venturing into the realm of high complications, including split-seconds chronographs, perpetual calendars, and minute repeaters. The latter made it into wristwatch-form in 1924 as a piece unique for Ralph Teetor, the inventor of the cruise control function.

In 1932, the company ownership changed hands to the Stern family, who still run Patek Philippe. In that same year, the Calatrava wristwatch was introduced. By the 1970s, seeing the damage which the Quartz Crisis had done to the industry, Patek Philippe decided to introduce a bold new steel watch. Thus, the Nautilus was born.

Since then, the company has gone from strength to strength, solidifying its reputation as one of the finest Swiss watchmakers. From the highly-desirable stainless steel sports watches, to the famed high complications, down to the "humble" Calatrava, Patek Philippe proves that it can do it all.
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