A miraculous three weeks!!
Steel Patek watches have become quite a novelty these days and I am not just referring to the Nautilus and Aquanaut. I personally am partial towards steel because I like my watches light (he lighter the better!) and currently have four steel watches in my current collection of eight watches. And I would be lying if I did not admit that the fact that they are cheaper than the precious metal cases is an added attraction! My next two incoming watches will be a 5711/1A and a steel Gronefeld Remontoire. But not in my wildest dreams would I have expected to be the proud owner of the gorgeous 5212/1A and the limited edition 7234A, that was released for the Singapore exhibition, all within a space of three weeks!
Only 10 days ago, I had dropped by at my Malaysian AD to enquire about my request for a 7234A and I had been told that my application had not been approved. I thought to myself 'fine' as I buy all my Pateks from my UK AD so it was arguably fair that more deserving cases in South East Asia (like CBB for example!) were allocated one. Then a few days ago, my AD gave me a call saying she had some good news for me and that she had made a mistake. A 7234A had my name on it and was waiting for me in the shop. I cannot describe how this roller coaster ride felt emotionally. Incidentally, I will be flying to the UK on Tuesday and will be wearing the 7234A as it will be perfect for my travels. The light blue dial; is a sight to behold as it changes colour in the light to a grey and then back to a blue. Another unexpected joy is the comfortable blue strap which is unlike any other. It gives me the watch a casual look as does the tan strap on the 5212A. A purist who met me yesterday remarked that these two watches were a departure from what I usually buy as I have tended to focus on dress watches with the conventional black or dark brown straps.
When the 5711/1A finally arrives, I will post my trilogy of steel Pateks. I feel most blessed and although I do like certain independent brands, there is a certain allure of Patek Philippe which perhaps explains why it remains and will remain the core of my small collection.
Thank you for reading and enjoy the rest of your weekend!
My new babies!
They both fit well despite being 2.5mm different in size
Sorry, not the best photos of the movement
Notice the difference of the dial colour in all three photos of the 7234A
A clearer photo of the movement of the 7234A with the Singapore exhibition print on the sapphire crystal glass