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Patek Philippe Debut First World Time Flyback Chronograph in Stainless Steel

Patek Philippe 5935A-001 World Time Flyback Chronograph Stainless Steel

Patek Philippe seem determined to single-handedly reverse the (temporary) decline of the second-hand watch market with the launch of a timepiece that’s guaranteed to become a cult icon. That’s an easy guarantee to give because the model it’s based on, the World Timer Chronograph, is itself already a huge cult hit. Meet the Patek Philippe World Time Chronograph Ref. 5935A-001 in stainless steel.

Patek Philippe 5935A-001 World Time Flyback Chronograph Stainless Steel

When the words ‘steel’ and ‘Patek Philippe’ get used together, collectors start salivating immediately. That’s because it’s not a material that Patek uses all that often and when they do use it, it’s typically on their sporty models like the Nautilus and the Aquanaut. Meaning that a steel complication watch is exceptionally rare.

Patek Philippe 5935A-001 World Time Flyback Chronograph Stainless Steel
Patek Phillipe 5935A-001 World Time Flyback Chronograph

Plus, steel works really well for world time watches because it’s the ultimate traveller’s complication, allowing you to read the time across the globe at a glance. Travelling can be an incredibly taxing experience on wristwatches because there’s always a chance for bumps and scrapes during transit, especially for a fairly large watch like the Ref. 5935 at 41mm. Which is where steel comes in, as it’s far more scratch resistant and robust compared to precious metals.

Patek Philippe 5935A-001 World Time Flyback Chronograph Stainless Steel

However, a steel case alone does not a cult icon make. It’s the combination of the Ref. 5935’s case and dial that are sure to prove it a hit. The dial is made from rose-gilt opaline with a carbon-motif, elevating the piece with an elegance that contrasts to the steel case. It’s the same juxtaposition of styles and aesthetic that make the Nautilus a sports luxe legend and while I’ve never wanted to call a world timer sports luxe before, it almost seems appropriate here.

Patek Philippe 5935A-001 World Time Flyback Chronograph Stainless Steel

Housed inside is the same automatic Calibre CH 28-520 HU world timer, flyback chronograph movement Patek Philippe use in the majority of their World Time Chronographs, such as last year’s green model with the Ref. 5930P-001. It has a 55-hour power reserve with hours, minutes, flyback chronograph and 30-minute timer complications. Plus, there’s the 24-hour scale and world time indicators on the dial.

Price wise, Patek Philippe have it listed at £51,430. That’s already a sizeable amount of money but once it hits the second-hand market, expect to see those prices skyrocket to ludicrous levels.

Price & Specs:

  • Model: Patek Philippe World Time Flyback Chronograph
  • Ref: 5935A-001
  • Case/dial: 41mm diameter x 12.75mm thickness, stainless steel case, rose-gilt opaline dial, charcoal grey gold applied hour markers with luminescent coating
  • Water resistance: 30m (3 bar)
  • Movement: Patek Philippe calibre CH 28‑520 HU, automatic, 38 jewels
  • Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
  • Power reserve: 55h
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, flyback chronograph with 30-minute counter, world time, 24-hour and day/night indication for the 24 time zones
  • Strap: Taupe grained calfskin leather with additional beige calfskin strap
  • Price/availability: £51,430

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Michael Sonsino

As Digital Editor for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. He's a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better. Recent purchase: Seiko Prospex 1959 Alpinist Modern Re-Interpretation. Grail watch: Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921.