While overshadowed nowadays by the Gerald Genta-designed Nautilus, the sports watch legacy of Patek Philippe Calatrava Replica really begins with pilot watches. The marque produced a line of complex hour angle timepieces for aviators back in the 1930s and subsequently revived its pilot legacy in 2015 with the Patek Philippe Ref. 5524G Calatrava Pilot Travel Time. Over the past five years, the Calatrava Pilot Travel Time series has become a staple for the brand, with extensions of the series into new styles and complications. One of the greatest barriers for potential wearers in this series, however, has been case size. With the Ref. 5524G measuring in at 42mm with a typically large pilot watch presence on the wrist, buyers looking for a more compact option were left with the midsize interpretation Ref. 7234 available only in rose gold. As part of its 2020 novelties, Patek Philippe has returned to the Calatrava Pilot Travel Time to expand these options, creating a midsize variant in white gold for the first time. The resulting Patek Philippe Ref. 7234G-001 Calatrava Pilot Travel Time combines the brand’s idiosyncratic take on classic aviation cues with a clean, bright new colorway.
The 18k white gold instance of this Patek Philippe Ref. 7234G-001 Calatrava Pilot Travel Time is undoubtedly the greatest addition to this new version, translating the shape of its larger stablemates to fit compact and compact measurements. Measuring in at 37.5mm in diameter, this instance should still maintain a decent presence on the wrist thanks to wide set lugs along with a typical narrow pilot watch bezel. The overall package is slim also, using a 10.8millimeter thickness in the surface of the crystal into the sapphire display back. The total form should be familiar to Patek Philippe Replica enthusiasts, carrying over the distinctive layout of preceding Calatrava Pilot Travel Time versions using its large pillbox crown and signature broad pushers at 8 o’clock and 10 o’clock. Despite the sporty pilot design, the depth rating remains low in 60 meters of water resistance. This is an aviation watch in mind, and when a pilot finds themselves 60 meters underwater inside their aircraft, then odds are that the Calatrava Pilot Travel Time’s water immunity is the least of their current issues.