Patek Philippe 5960/1A Annual Calendar Chronograph Steel Watch With Black Dial Hands-On

Patek Philippe 5960/1A Annual Calendar Chronograph Steel Watch With Black Dial Hands-On

Back in 2014,  Patek Philippe reported that the Chronograph Annual Calendar 5960 watch would be recently accessible in steel, in a move that bodes well for a brand that needs to speak to a more youthful client base in an all around self-specific buyer’s market. Not especially for valuing concerns, however valuable metals make it practically outlandish for a watch to feel “energetic” in any capacity, not to mention a particularly complicated watch like the 5960. In 2017, they delivered this, the Patek Philippe 5960/1A Annual Calendar Chronograph watch with a dark dial. The outcome is the normal movement of what the brand planned with their craving to catch a more youthful market, and as I would like to think it’s a stylish improvement and refinement.

All pictures by Ariel Adams

The unique 5960, delivered in 2006 was the first in-house chronograph created by Patek so it’s not astonishing that the brand would need to ensure they get these steel emphasess spot on in that it satisfies gatherers, lovers, and obviously, optimistic watch fans. The opaline/silver dial with dark and red contacts was a triumph however I don’t believe I’m separated from everyone else in leaning toward the more up to date dark dial watch. Energetic, present day, and conveying a without a doubt noteworthy development, Patek has effectively made a desire commendable piece here for those of us who regard convention without being troubled by the heaviness of dusty and perpetual style.


The 40.5mm wide and 13.5mm thick cleaned hardened steel case houses the profound midnight dark opaline dial that is luckily decipherable just as alluring. The applied white gold hour markers, red seconds and chronograph hands, and white parts of the monocounter at 6 o’clock shield the dial from being overpowering thinking about what amount is going on with the Patek Philippe 5960/1A.

Things are flipped around from the silver dialed model, with the date/day/month gaps, hour markers, and external ring of the monopusher differentiating against the dark dial and looking much more agreeable. By and by, I felt the dark outlining of the date/day/month gaps on the past model looked excessively obvious. I figure the most ideal way I can put it is that they nearly felt like bruised eyes on the essence of the dial, however that may sound somewhat harsher than I expect. These openings look more like a couple of glasses that seem as though a characteristic fit and appealingly outline one’s face. The force save marker exactly at 12 o’clock still disturbs me and simply looks off-kilter, however the practical motivation behind the complication is difficult to deny. Furthermore, obviously, the white external ring of the monocounter demonstrates the chronograph hours, with the inward rings showing the chronograph minutes.

Something I need to add is the way that I’m normally not the greatest fanatic of five-connect wristbands, and this inclination stays unaltered here. Above you can see the white gold and blue dial 5960, which I entirely like on the calfskin tie, however the arm band on the steel model is simply not doing it for me. It is done as refined and just as one can be, however, and the manner in which the bending hauls embrace the wrist such that the five-interface wristband does seems, by all accounts, to be the regular fit for the watch.


Seen from the caseback and enhanced with a 21k gold rotor with the Patek Philippe seal, the in-house 28-520 IRM QA 24H development is a significant piece, however a noteworthy and huge one at that. Our David Bredan went into the development when the past steel model was presented and I’ll rehash his rundown of the development here below:

Price for the Patek Philippe 5960/1A Annual Calendar Chronograph in steel with dark dial is unaltered at 45,000 CHF, which is only a hair over similar sum in US dollars. Considering this is the fresher model, I haven’t seen numerous out there (in spite of the fact that there are a few white dial models accessible on the resale market). The reality of the situation will become obvious eventually on the off chance that either holds esteem better, yet it will be fascinating to perceive what Patek uncovers next with their new items outfitted towards the more youthful market.  patek.com