Patek Philippe Introduces the Annual Calendar Regulator Ref. 5235/50R

In rose gold with a two-tone dial.
Patek Annual Calendar Regulator Ref 5235-50R 1

Introduced in 2011 in white gold, the Annual Calendar Regulator ref. 5235 is arguably the most under appreciated and interesting watch in the Patek Philippe line-up. In fact the model is a personal favourite of mine, and I explain why here.

Now it’s been given a facelift, with the original white gold version giving way to the new ref. 5235/50R in rose gold with a black and grey dial.

While the original was sleek in shades of silver and grey, the new ref. 5235/50R is strikingly clad in high contrast colours.

Patek Annual Calendar Regulator rose gold 1

The case is 18k rose gold, while the dial is vertically brushed and dark grey on its centre, while the outer minute track and sub-dials are black, as are the calendar windows. And both sub-dials are ringed in rose gold to match the case.

Patek Annual Calendar Regulator Ref 5235-50R 2

While the colours differ the watch is fundamentally identical to the original. The dial retains the unusual engraved Patek Philippe signature, a feature found on no other model in the line-up.

Patek Annual Calendar Regulator rose gold 2

The case remains 40.5mm in diameter and 10mm high, with a case profile reminiscent of the vintage perpetual calendar refs. 3448 and 3450.

Patek Annual Calendar Regulator rose gold 3

Inside is the cal. 31-260 REG QA movement. Again the movement is unique to this reference, and not used in other models, even in a derivative form.

Patek Annual Calendar Regulator Ref 5235-50R 3

Also unique to the reference is the buckle that has the Patek Philippe logo executed in Art Deco relief.

Patek Annual Calendar Regulator Ref 5235-50R 4

Price and availability

The Annual Calendar Regulator ref. 5235/50R is priced at US$51,830, or 45,700 Swiss francs.


 

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