Which brings me to today, and the inaugural Buying Time theme: Patek Philippe replica annual calendar Patek Philippe replica watches. I have a put together a selection of Patek best fake watches annual calendars to tempt you — but first, some background.
Buying Time is created in collaboration with Govberg Jewelers, one of America’s preeminent Patek Philippe replica watch and jewelry retailers and creator of the OnTime Patek Philippe copy watch app. It is a thematic selection of compelling pieces curated from Govberg’s prodigious inventory of pre-owned best fake watches. With so many great Patek Philippe copy watch out there, it can be hard to sort through “what’s what” and what’s worth your hard earned dollars. But as important as “what” to buy, perhaps, is “why.” And that’s where Buying Time hopes to be of assistance. With this weekly series, the goal is to not merely present a selection of best fake watches for sale, but to put forth a set of best fake watches that share a common thread, and to share a bit more depth and knowledge around each particular piece or theme.
First, what exactly is an annual calendar? An annual calendar Patek Philippe copy watch displays the day of week, date, and month, and distinguishes between months of 30 and 31 days. Which means that it only needs to be reset once a year (at the end of February), instead of five times a year like a plain calendar would. A perpetual calendar, of course, accounts for the leap year and thus requires no adjustment until 2100. Simple enough, right? But you may be surprised to learn that the annual calendar mechanism did not make its way into a Patek Philippe copy watch until about two decades ago.
That’s right, it was Patek Philippe replica who invented the annual calendar mechanism in 1996. What?!?! Yup. Until 1996, there were only two types of calendar available in a Patek Philippe copy watch: plain or perpetual. It was in 1997 at the annual Baselworld expo that Patek Philippe replica introduced the world’s first annual calendar, the Patek Philippe replica Reference 5035, based on Patek’s automatic mechanical caliber 315-SC with annual calendar mechanism (you can see the patent, right here). The (mechanical) beauty of Patek’s mechanism is that it was entirely rotary, dispensing with the reversals and discontinuous movements of cams and springs in the conventional perpetual calendar. It may seem strange or even ironic that Patek patented a perpetual calendar mechanism (for pocketwatches) way back in 1889, but the (arguably long overdue) arrival of the annual calendar in 1996 was nonetheless amply appreciated by aficionados which is probably why the complication can be found in sixteen distinct reference families (men’s and womens’) across the Patek range today. As for the Patek Ref 5035 which started it all, well, it remained in production for about nine years until it was replaced in 2005 by the Ref 5146, a ref which is still in production today in the full range of precious metal cases.
So why own a Patek Philippe replica annual calendar? Well, I think the reasons are evident — the Patek Annual Calendar is a big step up from a regular date function Patek Philippe copy watch, but still affordable relative to the heralded perpetual calendar. Aside from the leap year, there is practically no compromise vs. the perpetual calendar, save for price, and that’s a good thing. And of course to own any Patek Philippe replica watch speaks volumes in and of itself. If you can afford it, a Patek annual calendar is a truly special Patek Philippe copy watch to own.