Speculation perhaps? From a reliable source it has been advised that Patek Philippe will look to stop manufacturing some of its iconic models, in particular the 5960 chronograph that has been around since 2006. Even the much loved 5170 and 5270 are on the chopping block. As with all good things, they have to come to an end.

First up is the platinum cased minute repeater, the 5104P. Not a watch that would appeal to me and largely inaccessible to many anyway at about AUD$700,000. This skeletonised minute repeater with perpetual calendar was introduced in 2006 with a whopping 515 individual components.

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5104P Minute Repeater

Next up is the 5951P Grand Complication. This relatively thin watch has 2 patents in application for it. A manual wound movement with split-seconds chronograph and perpetual calendar. We love the strong dark coloured dial and the monopusher.

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5951P Grand Complication

Then there are the iconic chronographs. First is the 5170J yellow gold cased chronograph that you can pickup for around $75,000 through grey dealers. A favourite among many for its classic style, simple hands, and finely decorated movement.

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5170J Chronograph

The 5270G is also not safe. A personal favourite of mine due to its boldness and beautifully brushed silver dial. This chronograph with perpetual calendar has a full in-house movement. Disliked by some hardcore fans due to its larger size at 41mm, the 5270G has magnificent oxidised black hands and markers to give it that black appearance. This works very well with the silver brushed dial. Not quite as warm as the 5170J but definitely a winning chronograph. This one retails for just around AUD$190,000.

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5270G Perpetual Calendar Chronograph

Now a lot of people are going to miss the 5960. Both the rose gold and platinum cased “bullseye” annual calendar chronographs have been immensely popular with Patek Philippe enthusiasts. The platinum with blue dial is nice, but we really like the platinum and grey dial. Of course, the rose gold with grey dial isn’t bad looking either. Often accused for being too thick, the 5960 has been in production since 2006 and it will be sad to see it go.

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5960 Annual Calendar Chronograph

Collectors are very surprised to see the much regarded 5980/1A Nautilus on the list. Sharing a similar movement to the 5960, this automatic chronograph movement is one of the shining stars of the Nautilus lineup. At 40.5mm it is a terrific sports watch and certainly has great wrist presence.

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5980/1A Nautilus

Finally, even the women’s lineup couldn’t escape the chopping block. The quartz powered 7010 series in white and rose gold will be no longer. We think that these look great, they’re not overly “girly” and would make a great everyday watch. Unfortunately they don’t come cheap, especially for a quartz watch. Much of the price is due to the full gold case and bracelet (for the bracelet models).
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Ladies 7010 Nautilus

If you’re interest in any of the above models, please visit your nearest Patek AD or boutique. Word on the street is that you can still easily find these, especially in the Geneva stores. However don’t wait too long as it will become harder and harder to source. If you already have one of the above watches, don’t be surprised if you see them slowly increase in value.

It’s not all gloom and doom. On the bright side, given next year is the 175th anniversary of Patek Philippe, we wonder whether the references going out and paving the way for new and exciting references coming in. Stay tuned!