5 days on the wrist: Some thoughts on my new 5212A

Sep 18, 2019,05:37 AM

Last Saturday I could finally pick up my 5212A at my dealer after he has presented the watch to some other customers. I´m wearing it ever since and my first impressions are 100 % positive!
Here are some first thoughts which of course are all my personal opinions on that watch only:

Case: The case design is pretty much simple and plain but "pimped-up" with a twist. The rounded sides and the stepped lugs are giving kind of a special appeal to the whole case.

The look from above on the case is showing a "calm" and balanced design without being boring. The lugs are a real eye-catcher and are evocative of classic watch design features. Looking from the side the lugs appear even more 3-dimensional which I like a lot.

The sides of the case are round bodied which is giving a great feel when the finger is moving around the case, similar to the case of the World Time 5130 which I also like a lot.

The proportions of the case dimensions seem very balanced to me. When I read about the newly presented model for the first time I was fearing a case size of 40 mm might be too large for such kind of watch. But after seeing the watch in real those fears disappeared at once. The 5212A doesn´t really look like a 40 mm watch; somehow it´s looking a bit smaller compared to other watch designs of that size. The length of the lugs is not too long and is perfectly matching with the case diameter and height.

Dial: Patek is calling the dial "Opaline Argente Index Noir". The colour has indeed a silvery but at the same time creme/beige tone to it. Looking at the dial through a loupe a "metallic" effect is visible at the surface. Due to this the dial appears sometimes more like silver and sometimes more like a warm grey or beige depending on the light conditions or angle you are looking at it.

The dial of the Patek 5960A white dial has a similar effect making the dial appear greyish, hard white or silver under different angles.

Imho, it is a typical Patek Philippe dial made in perfection and being incomparable to the dials of any other brand.

The dial is displaying a whole lot of information, lots of numbers and text. But for me the arrangement of all these information has been done perfectly well. The 3 circles for day, week-number and month are working very well together and the eye is able to catch all information easily.

I personally am a big fan of the indexes made of blackened gold; same style as at the 5270G-001. These black indexes (and hands) are guaranteeing a very good contrast to the dial and are making it easy to "read" the watch.

Font: I have ever seen such kind of individual handwriting-font before on a watch and I find it very much courageous of Patek using it on a serial product. Many people will like it, many people will not, so this design feature might become a deal breaker for possible customers.

For me the font is showing that Patek is consequently pursuing its own design ideas and is not reluctant to create polarising products instead of trying to please everyone. I am appreciating this very much.

The font is very nice to look at and easily readable. Even if you compare certain numbers or letters the all look slightly different like at real handwriting.

Hands: The hands are all made of blackened gold like the indexes which is giving a very harmonic look of the dial together with the black colour of the printing on the dial.

The central axis is carrying 5 hands on top of each other. That´s a really high stack of hands! This high stack of hands is creating very nice shadow effects if the watch is looked at under light falling in from the side. Please check out the pics below.

It is worth mentioning the 2 "Polo stick" hands with its red tips. The 2 hands are indicating the day and number of the week. For me these little Polo sticks are looking very cute and nice. Simply a beautiful idea of the Patek designers!

Complication: Even though I personally will most probably not use the Week Calendar complication very often I think it is a good idea of Patek to create a new kind of calendar complication. The only other Week Calendar I know has been made by Lange many years ago. So it is a pretty new and rare complication.

Strap: 70 to 80 % of all comments on the strap that I´ve read in different internet fora during the last months have been extremely negative. "Ugly", "cheap looking", "unworthy for a Patek Philippe watch" and many more comments of disregard have been written.

When I saw the 5212 on pics I wasn´t sure if I like the strap but I´ve never found it as bad as written in many comments. When I saw the 5212 in real I immediately understood the point of the Patek designers.

The strap is matching the dial perfectly in my eyes and makes it pop out in a good way. Maybe I will look for alternative straps for my 5212 but definitely not because the Patek strap is looking bad or cheap but just because it is fun to try to create a new look to a watch by finding a nice new strap for it.

Overall Impression: The 5212A is a great and easy wearing watch. It is rather light weight due to its steel case and the case dimensions. It is a great joy looking at the dial and the many black hands with the 2 little red colour spots.

If you have the chance seeing this model live I would highly recommend to take the chance. If you have the chance buying this model I would highly recommend to go for it!

Finally, I really hope that this model will not become too much of a speculator piece because of its steel case only, what I fear will happen though.

The 5212A is a Patek Philippe model of its very own, maybe like the 5235 Regulator, and worth being appreciated as such and not only as another profit asset.

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thanks for sharing & congrats again !

 By: maverickmahesh : September 18th, 2019-05:54
it is a practical complication & make sense to be in steel case only but your fear is absolutely right....we never know ! great pics too !! Best, mahesh.,


 By: coz : September 18th, 2019-06:31
Congrats looks like a really nice piece! Does the day indicator sweep or move at once at midnight? Best

Superb photos!

 By: M4 : September 18th, 2019-06:23
I like the watch and thank you for your reprot. Enjoy your new timepiece. M4

Great review of an awesome watch

 By: Prodyutb : September 18th, 2019-06:50
I hope we see more of such beautifully designed watches by PP in steel. Enjoy this special watch in good health!

Thanks a lot for the detailed and enthusiastic report! I had a chance to try it on a few times back in Italy this summer, and can only agree on the positive assessment.

 By: FabR : September 18th, 2019-06:58
I was very much hoping they would release a steel Patek, so I'm happy this happened -- and in a very original way. Unfortunately we might see some people initially speculating on this new steel piece, but I'd be happy if it finally helps the whole Calatra... 

I think Patek has a winner here

 By: thegrailwatch : September 18th, 2019-06:59
Love your 4th photo illustrating the case. Congratulations on your new watch👊

Thank you so much for this very interesting and well written review. There are many details I like on this watch, especially the darkened indices and the case.

 By: amanico : September 18th, 2019-07:41
The indices make me think about the 5960A silver dial, too. Well spotted! I am less fan of the date, but it doesn't really matter. A very good modern Patek. Well done, my friend. Best, Nicolas

Easy watch to love

 By: colton_d : September 18th, 2019-07:52
I haven't a strong relationship with my local AD, however this would be such an easy watch to wear day in and day out. Perfect balance of casual elegance and quirky character. Wouldn't you know it, but my company operates on calendar weeks as displayed on... 

Big congrats 🍾🎈🎊🎉! Many...

 By: GLau : September 18th, 2019-08:52
thanks for your extensive post ! Enjoy it often !

Great post and pics! Thanks

 By: NautNut : September 18th, 2019-09:02
I have one on order and looking forward to seeing one in the metal

Thank you for the detailed review and the amazingly well taken photos!

 By: sham1 : September 18th, 2019-09:52
I too was a bit worried about the 40mm diameter but this watch wears small possibly because there is a lot happening on the dial. May I ask politely which country you are based at? I ask because I doubt if customers from the UK (including me!) have receiv... 

Thank you for letting me know!

 By: sham1 : September 18th, 2019-10:08
Ah, so the Germans are preferred to the Brits?! Just kidding, I am sure we will eventually receive our allocation before the year ends as promised!

Oct 31?

 By: sham1 : September 18th, 2019-21:13
I would be very happy to receive mine by December 31!

Provide customs fees... LOL [nt]

 By: tactictac : September 19th, 2019-02:04

Great review and photos of an extremely intriguing watch!

 By: blau : September 18th, 2019-09:52
I can see this watch having even more of the everyday ease that I love the 5110 for.

Very good review. There's a lot to like in this watch.

 By: Boris : September 18th, 2019-19:57
I like the fact that those concentric circles make the watch look more restrained than its 40mm would suggest. Great aesthetics, the blackened gold indices and hands work really well against the dial. Steel case is a bonus. As for the strap I like it, but... 

Thanks for an amazing review!

 By: keks : September 19th, 2019-02:06
Hope to one day have the opportunity to handle one in the real... thanks for taking the time to share this excellent review, beautiful piece! Happy to see they put the classic Calatrava buckle on this as well! ...  

I may have to order one...

 By: keks : September 19th, 2019-02:34
For my steel 5960...

Thanks for the excellent write up and photos.

 By: DOCSF : September 19th, 2019-03:41
Mine arrived as well, picking it up next week.

Cool! Where are you located? [nt]

 By: cayenne1200 : September 19th, 2019-10:33

North of England

 By: DOCSF : September 19th, 2019-12:03

👍👍 [nt]

 By: cayenne1200 : September 19th, 2019-12:13

Incredible photos and incredible write up!!! You make the watch come alive in a most appealing way.

 By: patekova : September 19th, 2019-11:45
Definitely increases my anticipation and excitement about (hopefully) acquiring this watch. On the negative side it also increases my impatience. Lastly, CONGRATULATIONS on acquiring a very special watch! Best, patekova

Thx a lot for your very kind words, Patekova

 By: cayenne1200 : September 19th, 2019-12:16
I hope you will get your watch soon 😄

What a great review

 By: ChristianDK : September 19th, 2019-12:55
Very well written. I reaaly enjoyed reading it. I, too am fascinated with this one. And I am one of those who could really use the weekly calendar. I think this is a clear winner in the current patek collection. I still need to see it in the real though. ... 

Haha, Christian, I´m one of the people who love that red dash :-)

 By: cayenne1200 : September 20th, 2019-02:16
And thx a lot for your kind words on the review. I often feel so limited when I have to write in English.

LOL, Totally fair :-)

 By: ChristianDK : September 20th, 2019-03:24
Im sure im in a very small minority on this point Still - what a great watch!

Wonderful photos [nt]

 By: watch-er : September 19th, 2019-14:59

Thx a lot. [nt]

 By: cayenne1200 : September 20th, 2019-02:19

Thanks for sharing your experience with the 5212.

 By: VMM : September 20th, 2019-00:48
Interesting remarks about the color of the dial changing from grey to beige, it sure does look great. A beautiful watch that keeps growing on me. The more I see it, the more I like it. Your pics helped too. I've enjoyed your review, thanks. Vte

The date changes just after mid night

 By: DOCSF : October 9th, 2019-16:14
The day and week changes are not instantaneous. I took the following photograph early hours of Monday morning. The date and week number has already changed and day indicator is between Sunday and Monday. ...