Patek Philippe World Time ref. 5110G-001 - Extract of Archives
For sale a pre-owner 5110G World Time with extract of archives: the ultimate connoisseur’s Patek Philippe reference, a classic complication from a house known for excellence in complications. This 18-karat white gold piece is one of the signature complications from the maison.
The World time watches combine a counter-clockwise 24-hour ring with a rotating chapter ring of reference cities. In the case of the 5110G World Time, each reference city represents one of the 24 principal time zones of the earth.
This system, which was invented by Geneva-area watchmaker Louis Cottier at the dawn of the 1930s, enables a unique trick; one dial permits instant reference to the time in any of the globe’s disparate regions. Unlike dual-time and GMT watches that track two time zones or enable the calculation of time relative to a reference, the world time watch as invented by Cottier features all the time.
While watches depicting many reference cities pre-dated the modern world time complication, Cottier’s innovation was the addition of a 24-hour ring that rotates counter-clockwise. The 24 hours of the ring are concentric to the 24 reference cities.
Simply align one’s current city with the index at 12 o’clock, set the local time, and Patek Philippe does the rest. A New Yorker can read the time in Dacca at a glance. A shaded semi-circle on the 24-hour ring advises the local AM/PM status.
All of the city names are arrayed in legible and logical fashion.
If some of the listed locales have lapsed into obsolescence as time references (Caracas, Venezuela, for example, has resided since 2007 in self-declared GMT -4:30 zone), they gain value as a road map of geopolitical history and a snapshot of an era. Remember, anachronistic Patek Philippe watches do not become dated; they become collectible.
Introduced in 2000, the Patek Philippe ref. 5110 was the first serially produced world time reference, and also the first since the legendary ref. 2523. It brought a visible evolution compared to the ref. 2523 (released in 1953) by using a pusher at 10 o’clock to set the local city instead of the famous second crown. It also made a switch from a manual wound movement to an automatic one.
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