Patek Philippe 5320G: One for the collectors

Patek Philippe Ref. 5320G

The Patek Philippe Ref. 5320G is a watch made for the collectors. The cream coloured dial and classic style hands give it a really vintage look; but far from just an aesthetic throwback, the watch has the heritage to back up its unique demeanor.

The Ref. 5320G’s design was based on the perpetual calendars that Patek Philippe was making back in the 1940s. This unique design of having the day and month at two apertures near the 12 o’clock position and the date around the subdial at 6 o’clock continued until the 80s when Patek eventually introduced a new way of displaying the perpetual calendar with the reference 3940 in 1985.

From Left: Ref. 1526 from 1941, Ref. 1527 from 1943, Ref. 1591 from 1944

I have to admit I am a sucker when it comes to reproductions of heritage timepieces; You get all the emotional history of a vintage watch but with the knowledge that a modern movement rests just underneath the dial. It’s a bit like having a cool looking vintage car with a sturdy and reliable modern engine.

The ‘engine’ in question here is the Caliber 324 S Q movement, a refined version of the legendary 324 movement offering a 21K gold central rotor. Having been stamped with the Patek Philippe Seal means that the Ref. 5320 is precise to a deviation rate between -3 and +2 seconds per day thanks in part to the Gyromax balance and Spiromax balance spring. Like I said, old school aesthetics that adhere to modern performance standards; a winning combination, wouldn’t you say?

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