As to it gaining more attention the recent auction results might attest to that. Also the values in C24 have been steadily going up of late. I know C24 isn’t the most accurate indicator but it’s at least consistent so can’t be ignored. Incidentally Patek also made a promotional booklet back in 2006
among other modifications. The wide polished tension ring hesalite crystal is still available from Omega so this says to me it was replaced at some time by a careless third party. It makes me wonder what else was done?
It’s funny since they are a divisive choice for those with only octagonal eyes but they don’t realise that AP traditionally used thin pencil type hands. So the Code hands are another nod to that heritage rather than being just an odd choice!