Originally Posted by Flake
Frills-The 5035 has been calling my name for a while. Giving it some serious thought again. Curious as to your (and anyone else's) thoughts on that one.
Hi, Flake - the 5035 is great, Patek's first foray into the annual calendar space, and depending on the model you want I think it's a relatively great value for a "base complication." It can be had in the low $20s in the secondary market, which is the retail price of an entry level Calatrava currently in production (the 5119) with no complications.
I also like its classic "calendar" design with the subdials, versus the more modern 5205 with day and dates in apertures. The 5205 has its fans for sure, and its pierced lugs offers its own special appeal, but for $49,500 retail and in the high $30s or low $40s for a pre-owned piece I can get two 5035s for one 5205.
I have a former student (now a high flying lawyer) who is thinking of getting his first Patek and I am encouraging him to get the 5035 since he likes its aesthetics too. For its look, level of complication and secondary market price the only other consideration is maybe a platinum 5056 in the low $30s since those are even more rare and I love the slate grey dial. The legibility of a white dial 5035 in white gold is superior though.
My two cents!