Patina is personal: How much patina do you like, or do you prefer none at all? Patina is like a fingerprint, a unique identification that’s never the same. As you get into the realm of vintage fake Patek Philippe, it comes with the territory. It’s a mysterious element that clearly separates a vintage piece from a modern counterpart, which makes vintage that much more nuanced and personal.
This 35 mm Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 3483 replica is a compelling example why I find the “right” patina really makes a watch stand out from the rest. Up front, it’s a gorgeous, minimalistic dress watch in a 35mm stainless steel case. But this simplicity allows the patina to shine through. The patina brings upon a feeling to the watch that’s so much warmer and inviting to the otherwise rather disciplined design. The silver dial with the sunburst finish is my favorite type of dial for that unspeakable touch of patina that hovers just at that shimmery light champagne color with a little bit of imperfection. Especially for this type of dial with a large plane, the patina comes to the forefront and becomes part of the watch. Not to forget the raised enamel signature, which is a subtle but clear imprint of a vintage Patek Philippe.
And if I may say so myself, we’re happy with how the pairing of this luxury Patek Philippe copy watch and our Moss Green Calfskin Strap came together. The soft, mid-tone green really provided the perfect supporting role in making the patina come alive. I’m not a color therapist by training, but somehow the green strap highlights the champagne and gold colors really well. It’s all in the details, and strap selection is the finishing touch that we always take our time in considering each week.
The beauty of patina, to me, is all about the personality it adds to the Swiss movement copy watch. After over 50 years, it somehow has taken on a distinct personality of its own and will continue to evolve in the next 50 years as well. No one knows exactly how and why a patina develops on a particular piece in the way it does, but perhaps that’s what keeps us intrigued by vintage watches. And this one quietly but definitely spoke to me.