Many of their models are designed with what they call “legendary purity.” The majority of Calatrava watches are classically designed with simple dials that feature either a three-hand design with a date window or a two-hand design with a small running seconds sub-register.
The Calatrava 6006G is the model under consideration here. Some design elements were clearly lifted from earlier Patek Calatrava models, such as the offset small seconds sub-dial found on references # 5000 and #6000 from the 1990s and early 2000s.
The watch has a sleek black sunray dial with white printed numerals in a sans serif font. A central minute track and an offset seconds track are also printed Calatrava 6006G in black and white on the dial. A closer look reveals how this dial is made, which is quite impressive, to say the least. A close inspection with a loupe reveals the level of detail in the sub-dial. Its ribbed texture has a radial pattern similar to a vintage vinyl record but in white.
The hour and minute hands on the main dial are polished skeletonized, and the date hand is a thin polished hand. A bright red arrowhead at the end of the date hand indicates the day of the month. The small running second’s hand is also polished and rectangular in shape, and it appears to be about the same thickness as the date hand.
When compared to most Calatrava models, index hour markers are more commonly found on a Calatrava watch than regular numerals, keeping the design clean and simple. However, the Patek 6006G-001 is arguably the busiest-looking Patek Calatrava currently in production. Patek Philippe’s designers used printed Arabic numerals for both the hour markers and the date track that runs around the circumference of the dial.
The Patek Calatrava 6006G has an 18kt white gold case that is 39mm in diameter, which is a classic men’s size. The case is finely polished, with a very thin profile that measures only 8.86mm thick. The case only has a water resistance rating of 30m/100ft, so don’t go swimming with it. When the case is turned over, the transparent sapphire crystal case back reveals the 6006g-001’s beating heart. This is, of course, the self-winding Patek Philippe caliber 240 movements.
On the various components and plates, the Patek Philippe caliber 240 automatic movements are intricately detailed and conspicuously finished to perfection using a combination of Côte-de-Genève striping patterns and circular patterns. An off-center miniaturized solid gold weighted rotor is finished with Côte-de-Genève striping and hand-engraved with the Calatrava cross and the Patek Philippe Seal; a symbol of Patek Philippe’s commitment to horological perfection.
The Patek 6006G is presented on a hand-stitched alligator strap with a folding clasp in glossy black. The deployant buckle is made of solid 18kt white gold and is elegantly designed with a Calatrava cross.