With the new 4947/1A, Patek Philippe replica is offering an annual calendar with a round Calatrava-style case in steel. At 38mm in diameter, it’s right in the sweet spot of what a lot of enthusiasts might consider to be an ideal dress-watch size, paired with a matching five-row bracelet in steel. It’s a beautiful watch, though it’s not the first 4947, a reference Patek has previously used for ladies’ references, putting diamonds on the crown and bezel. Besides the fact that this round annual calendar is steel, what’s unexpected about it is that this time around, at least according to anything I’ve seen, Patek isn’t assigning this watch to any gender. To the contrary, Patek says the luxury fake Patek Philippe 4947/1A’s 38mm size matches virtually every wrist.
I’ve not seen this Patek Philippe copy watch with blue dial in the metal, but I’m inclined to agree. As for the fairly faint blue patterning on the dial, whether any given man or woman will be drawn to it will have little do with gender and more with personal taste. If it weren’t for the bracelet, it would qualify as a primo share watch for couples.
Come to think of it, it reminds me of the blue-toned windowpane suit I bought to go to the Kentucky Derby way back in 2013. This watch would kill with that suit. Or, let’s be real, that suit would kill with this watch. It makes me want to drop 15 pounds, dust off an outfit bought for hobnobbing near horses, and make it to Louisville in a few weeks’ time.
The annual calendar is one of those watchmaking mechanisms that lives in an in-between world. It’s not a high-complication, but it’s more than a simple date window or moon-phase.
Much of Patek’s modern reputation comes from perpetual calendars – it’s the stainless steel case copy Patek Philippe complication I see when I close my eyes, maybe with a chronograph along for the ride. The company had the good fortune or good foresight to create a simpler calendar that added something a bit more aspirational than a run-of-the-mill full or complete calendar. While extremely affordable versions of the annual calendar have today become ubiquitous at entry-level and value-oriented brands, I still have a special place for the OG annual calendar, which is a Patek Philippe invention from 1996.
This dressy calendar, paired with a bracelet that says “wear me all the time, not just with a suit,” is the kind of casual-leaning complication watch that might even make people stop obsessing over the 5711 for a minute. Look: The blue dial even has a pattern.
Brand: Patek Philippe
Model: Annual Calendar
Reference Number: 4947/1A
Case Material: Stainless steel
Dial Color: Blue
Indexes: Applied gold numerals
Water Resistance: 30m
Strap/Bracelet: Stainless steel bracelet
Caliber: 324 S QA LU
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, perpetual calendar with displays for day, date, month, moon-phase
Power Reserve: 45 hours
Frequency: 28,800 vph