Patek Philippe Ref. 5085 Watch Available On James List

Patek Philippe Ref. 5085 Watch Available On James List

Patek Philippe Ref. 5085 Watch Available On James List Sales & Auctions

In my opinion this is a Patek Philippe watch you just don't see every day. Not sure if it is still being made, but this is a Patek Philippe Ref. 5085 and is quite stunning for what it is. You really don't see a lot of Patek Philippe watches on metal bracelets aside from the sport themed Nautilus. This piece is extremely classic in style, and very legible. The movement is always quite pretty.

Patek Philippe Ref. 5085 Watch Available On James List Sales & Auctions Interestingly enough there are at least two types of casebacks for this watch. Some have exhibition casebacks and some have solid metal casebacks with the Patek Philippe Calatrava Cross logo on it. Why two versions? I don't think. Not sure if one is more rare than the other.

Patek Philippe Ref. 5085 Watch Available On James List Sales & Auctions

Coming in a 37mm wide steel case, this isn't a very large watch, but in line with the size of most Patek Philippe classic watches. I love the highly polished rounded steel bezel and very utilitarian feeling hands and hour markers. The hands have thin strips of lume while the hour markers are accompanied by lume squares. The black dial and while indicators make for a very legible high contrast face.

Patek Philippe Ref. 5085 Watch Available On James List Sales & Auctions

Patek Philippe Ref. 5085 Watch Available On James List Sales & Auctions

Inside the watch is a Patek Philippe 240 automatic movement with a solid gold micro-rotor. Love the look of it, with typical beautiful Patek Philippe decoration. The asymmetrical dial layout is still visually balanced. The movement shows up in a few other Patek Philippe watch and has the time, date, moon phase, subsidiary seconds dial, and a power reserve indicator. Patek Philippe has other movements that feature the same information in a more symmetrical manner. So it is really all about the visual style that you prefer.

Patek Philippe Ref. 5085 Watch Available On James List Sales & Auctions

For me this Patek Philippe watch is different enough to be interesting. It is not a youthful watch, but it isn't stuffy either. The man who wears this piece is serious but not boring. In steel, the watch also has a very humble essence, but is still a luxury timepiece being a Patek Philippe and having an almost jewelry style bracelet to it. Retail price for this likely discontinued model was almost $22,000, but can be found online these days still new for a few thousand less.

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  • Kris C

    I almost feel silly for saying this, but 37mm just seems too small for me. Right in line with PP styling, but I have a hard time going under 40mm anymore.
    That being said, this is really nice, and doesn;t immediately come off as a PP. Probably because of the bracelet, but it’s beautiful. I love the “aquaman” look to it; a real eye-catcher.

  • Charles

    Funny you should highlight this – this is the only PP I’ve ever seriously considered. For me, the reason is the band – it’s simply the nicest metal band I’ve ever seen on a watch. I’m not sure why, but I love it.

    The face is perfect; the minute markings are easy to read, there’s just enough lume without being obnoxious, and the asymetric complications (with their different size dials) are very cool. Not sure how many ss watches PP makes, but this one is gorgeous.

  • witch watch

    This along with the Annual Calendar is PP right on the money a beauty! Oh and never thought i’d say this but although the rotar is very much pleasing to the eye i prefer the soild case back.

  • Patek’s are a great timeless watch, but this one is a bit .. off. The watch is just a couple mm too small for me, I would like to see it around 39-40mm. The Bracelet also has a funny thing where it pops up where the lugs connect to it. Its very clear in one of the shorts that the inside of the bracelet links pop up oddly. Not sure if its that way on the wrist but the pic looks off. Also not a big fan of the aged Tritium either… but that’s just me.

    • 37mm is too small for most of today’s men, but what are you gonna do? We are talking about Patek. Their larger models are few and far between unless you want a Nautilus.

  • Ivan Y

    The bracelet is unusual for PP, but not sure about layout. The dial is so small, it feels too a bit crowded.

    Glad I’m not the only one who is looking for a bigger watch even if it’s dressier. I’m wearing a 39 mm watch right now and can’t imagine going smaller (aside – height of the watch is important too to fit under shirtsleeve). That’s the main downside of looking at vintage watches — so many are 34-36 mm or even smaller (AP RO is 39mm though).

  • patek lover

    Love that patek 5085. For me, the watch is a great size, very understated, as is the bracelet. It actually wears at large as the first patek annuals on bracelts (5036)

  • Tiago Nerone

    Regarding caseback, I think I have the explanation for that. PP uses an special oil on their watches and they do not recommend that you expose the movement to sunlight, which can degrade the oil and affect the duration of it. This is why you never see an opening to view the movement on a PP, even on turbillon versions.
    So, I think the offer a solid caseback to avoid exposing the movement to sunlight, specialy for those who are not too careful.