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King Michael of Romania’s Patek Philippe Ref 1518 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph and case material identified!

by Nick Gould on April 1, 2017

Today is April the 1st but this is no joke at all and does answer a question about a certain rare Patek Philippe.  It is known from a old black and white photograph that King Michael of Romania has a Patek Philippe Reference 1518 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph.  It is rumoured that the case of the watch is two tone, a combination of stainless steel and rose gold.

The only photograph showing the watch clearly was a black and white photograph of the King as a young man.

Patek Philippe King

King Michael of Romania with his Patek Philippe Ref 1518 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph. Picture (C) Wikipedia

The writer of this article decided to see if there were any colour photographs of the King wearing his Ref 1518 and after some searching found a nice clear shot of the watch on his wrist.

King Of Romania Patek Phillipe Ref 1518

King Michael of Romania with his Patek Philippe Ref 1518 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph. Picture (C) Getty Images

From the photo the case appears to made from yellow or rose gold and not a combination of gold and stainless steel as previously thought.

This is certainly an interesting development for the Reference 1518 from Patek Phillipe and was a surprise for us when we unearthed it!

 

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  • Victor
    April 3, 2017 at 5:08 am

    King Michael, what an extraordinary guy! He’s 95, a hell of life. Wear it in good health, sire!

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