Generally speaking, the watches to buy are those that have been ignored by the mainstream and abandoned by hype. Although there are countless collectors worrying about six to seven overexposed models of about four brands, there are still huge opportunities off the beaten track. Patek Philippe is known for its Nautilus and Aquanaut sports watches-especially watches made of stainless steel, but the selective focus on these model collections obscures extraordinary gems like 5975.
The Patek Philippe 5975 “Multiscale Chronograph” is unique among modern Patek Philippe complications. On the surface, only the seconds chronograph is odd enough, but the dateless dial with triple measurement scale provides novel propositions that Nautilus does not have. When Patek launched the 575, it broke the norm. This alternative 40mm instrument is Patek Philippe’s most unique chronograph in modern times.
Many sports chronographs include a tachymeter scale. These enable observers to measure the speed of objects when used with a chronograph. Rarely includes a pulsometer scale (sold to medical staff) to facilitate quick reading of a person’s heart rate. The least common is the telemetry balance; it is used to measure the distance of shelling. All three scales appear on the 5975 dial, although the minute and hour registers are missing, they can still be used.
Although Patek’s 5975 case is small, it has a striking appearance. The thickness of 10.25 mm can be used with tight shirt cuffs, but the grooved lugs and stepped bezel highlight strength and nuance. Since Patek Philippe made the case and the movement of the 5975, the complexity of its form proves how much progress has been made since Patek Philippe first set foot in this field in the 1980s. The manufacturer has completed the anniversary package with its booming development; even the 5975 unfolding clasp includes a custom reference for Patek Philippe’s 175-year watchmaking industry.
From a mechanical point of view, the 5975 includes the same basic hardware as all other Patek Philippe automatic chronographs. The 28-520 movement base was first introduced in 2006 in 5960, and includes a power reserve of up to 55 hours, the return function of the chronograph, and the advanced tandem of the column wheel function selector with vertical clutch. Other improvements include Patek Philippe’s Gyromax free spring balance wheel and Spiromax antimagnetic silicon hairspring.
As part of Patek Philippe’s 175th anniversary collection in 2014, 5975 is a rare watch in various forms. 400 examples of each type of gold (yellow, rose, and white) were made; 100 platinum pieces with a unique black dial.
The geometry of the case is a highlight of the 5975. There is no obvious independent historical reference, but it is clear that Patek Philippe originally intended to make the triple chronograph appear. If you want to describe the moon in the 5575G world time of the 175th anniversary of the contemporary era, terms such as “fluid”, “organic” or “soft” will justify this classical beauty. In contrast, the 5975 is mechanical, vibrating and hard. This watch shows power in its compact size.
Despite the diameter of 40 mm, the 5975 looks larger on the wrist. The lugs protruded significantly from the strap, and all the slanted facets were severely broken from other planes of the surface. Although the comparison of “Art Deco” styles is inevitable, the sheer tension of this chronograph also evokes the early Italian futuristic movements. The concept art of architect and futurist Antonio Sant’Elia exudes the same raw power and apparently mechanical beauty as a multi-scale chronograph.
Where is 5975 in the Pantheon of replica Patek Philippe watches?
Currently, these four models serve different purposes for collector groups. Gold is the most traditional. The rose is the most modern and the youngest; the platinum model is the most versatile model because it can blend naturally with casual wear; the platinum model is already a recognized collector’s item.
It can be said that the last of these models is the model put in the vault. When only distinguishing platinum platinum from warm gold platinum, the obvious advantage of platinum models is the black paint finish. The other three 5975s use galvanized “opaque” matte surfaces, and these surfaces lack the gloss of 5975P. Moreover, the connection between the PT950 multi-scale chronograph and serious watch collectors is self-evident.
Given that there are 1,300 various examples in circulation, there is no reason to compromise when adding Patek Philippe 5975 to your collection. Considering the novelty of the model, all repairs should be recorded and provided through Patek Philippe or its designated personnel. Unless the name of Philippe Dufour is on the invoice, avoid carrying 5975 with the local watch manufacturer’s service invoice like the plague. Even in the work done by Patek Philippe, don’t insist on using a watch that has never seen a refinishing wheel without compromising the condition of the case. Unpolished watches are more valuable, and polishing quickly took away the distinctive features of the 5975.
Why collect Patek Philippe 5975? Because it does not look like other Patek Philippe watches. Most Calatrava, Nautilus, Aquanaut and World Time models have different opinions. Many annual calendars also look almost the same. If the eye-catching (and strikingly unique) appearance of the 5975 is not attractive enough, can you name another Patek Philippe automatic chronograph without a date and three hands? Like the broken style and dial, the Patek Philippe 5975 is unique.