It may come as a surprise to some that the Patek Philippe 5036 Annual Calendar is a relatively new invention. In fact, the patent for an Annual Calendar was given to Patek Philippe just a little over two decades ago in 1996. The new Patek Philippe watch was a more simplified version of their already famous Perpetual Calendar timepiece. Whereas the Perpetual Calendar—also patented by Patek Philippe. In 1889—requires no adjustment until 2100, an Annual Calendar needs one correction a year in February. This is because the Annual Calendar timepiece indicates the date for the months of 30 and 31 days. While the Perpetual Calendar watch knows the number of days in all the months, in addition to leap years.
Since its debut, the Annual Calendar has become of one of the most popular models from the catalog of Patek Philippe watches. And among their Annual Calendar options, the ref. 5036 is one of the most coveted Patek timepieces out there. Let’s take a closer look at this legendary Patek Philippe 5036 watch, and available used, pre-owned at Gray and Sons.
The Patek Philippe 5036 Annual Calendar ref. 5036
The very first Patek Philippe 5036 Annual Calendar was the ref. 5035 and while it sports a very beautiful dial, there is one component that is mysteriously missing—the moonphase indicator. Thankfully, in future models of the Annual Calendar Patek watch, including the ref. 5036, the moonphase is indeed present.
The Patek Philippe 5036 features a dial packed with information yet maintains a beautifully balanced design. Surrounding the three center hands are the month indicator at 2 o’clock, the moonphase display and date window at 6 o’clock, the day of the week register at 9 o’clock, and finally, the power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock. The Roman numeral indexes adds a classic touch while the “Patek Philippe Geneve” logo sits at the bottom half of the dial—a departure from its typical position within the upper half.
The dial of the Annual Calendar ref. 5036 Patek Philippe timepiece is housed within a 36mm round case. That restrained size is ideal for an elegant dress watch and can certainly be considered as a unisex watch. If you flip the Patek watch over, you will see the Caliber 315/199 automatic mechanical movement with 37 jewels and 42 hours of power reserve through the sapphire crystal on the caseback.
Patek Philippe 5036 Design
A characteristic design trait of the Annual Calendar ref. 5036 is its metal bracelet instead of a leather strap. Naturally, the full gold Patek Philippe 5036 watch prices tend to be higher than leather strap models due to the increase in precious material used in the construction. In regards to the ref. 5036, this particular Patek Philippe Annual Calendar is available in 18k white gold (ref. 5036/1G), 18k yellow gold (ref. 5036/1J), and 18k rose gold (ref. 5036/1R). In the secondary market for luxury watches the price of these Patek Philippe Annual Calendars can range from about $30,000 to $40,000 depending on the condition, box and papers, and gold bracelet length.
Produced in the early 2000s and currently discontinued by the brand, the Annual Calendar ref. 5036 is a stunning example of the elegance of a Patek Philippe timepiece.
If you’re in the market for a used Patek Philippe watch or would like to learn more about Patek Philippe 5036 prices, browse the Gray & Sons website. While the ref. 5036 is no longer offered by the brand, at Gray & Sons we carry an inventory of pre-owned Patek Philippe watches including this particular Annual Calendar reference and the Perpetual Calendar Ref. 3940. We also have plenty of other previously owned Patek Philippe timepieces including vintage Patek watch models, circa 1920-1970. Take a look at our range of secondhand Patek Philippe wristwatches at discounted prices HERE.