True windows into the past are difficult to find, as time typically takes its toll on all things, organic or mechanical. In the realm of collectible vintage watches, signs of age and wear can be alternately considered enhancements or detractors. In the case of the present reference 565, it is both the signs of its age and magnificently preserved state that add to its singularity.
Patek Philippe’s reference 565 is undoubtedly one of the most iconic time-only watches from the 1940s. The case architecture straddles the divide between robust practicality and simple elegance.