This is a successful pilot watch- Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time Ref. 5524. his watch has to be seen for what it is and not only as a Patek.It made in 18k white gold and measuring a reasonable 42mm.
It case with 18k white gold instead of usual and more solid stainless steel – is fully mirror polished and comes with a large crown at 3 and thin, curved lugs. The 42mm diameter wears comfortable and offers both a appreciable feeling on the wrist – a pilot watch has to be quite large and 42mm is large for a Patek Philippe – without being too big and then uncomfortable. It also features two lockable pushers at 8 and 10 – as this watch brings one of the most practical complication for a pilot watch: a second time zone feature.
Besides the 3 classical hands – hours, minutes and central seconds – the Calatrava Pilot comes with Patek’s classical layout, meaning a GMT hand on the central axis and two apertures that indicate night and day for each time zone – local and home – and a date on a sub-dial at 6, thanks to the calibre CH 324 S C FUS. This self-winding movement is adorned with the Patek Philippe seal – that attests of a very high level of finish and precision. It boasts around 45 hours of power reserve and features Patek’s own free sprung balance wheel – a.k.a Gyromax.
Now we have to move to the most important and surprising aspect of this watch its dial. Applied on a grained matte (very dark and close to black) navy blue plate are some large, white, luminous Arabic numerals – white gold numerals filled with white superluminova – that are actually both remarkable for a Patek and classical for a Pilot watch. That’s actually the reason why this Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time Ref. 5524 sounds both odd and familiar: the dial, the indexes and the blued hands are what a pilot watch usually comes with. This Patek uses the same typically aviator codes than, for example, a Zenith Type 20 Aeronef or an IWC Big Pilot Watch.
Even if the Patek looks really good, it might be confusing to have such a luxury watch that resemble to a more affordable brand.This Calatrava Pilot Travel Time is, without a doubt, a very good looking, elegant, extremely well finished pilot watch.