If you like pilot’s watches, you need to head to the nearest airshow immediately. Irrespective of whether your eyeline lifts up to the craft in the air, or stays firmly on wrists, an airshow will give you more of a chance to spot aviation related watches than just about any other place. This setting – Avalon airshow, on the outskirts of Geelong – is where I spotted this dashing Patek Philippe 5524G, AKA the patek philippe replica watches sale Pilot Travel Time.
It’s a watch that Felix and I hotly debated when it was released a couple of years ago. To recap, the topline quote was this: “The replica patek philippe calatrava automatic rose gold case diamond watches Pilot Travel Time is the watch that’s confusing the most people at Baselworld 2015. While the familiar Patek quality is there, that is pretty much the only thing about this watch people are associating with the name on the dial.” We wondered, not only then, but several times throughout the year, whether it would be worn by real pilots, or by mere earthbound Patek collectors?
If you are a British GQ reader, you may have noticed something shiny on the wrist of cover boy Ed Sheeran for their March 2017 issue – a Replica Patek Philippe reference 5524G Calatrava Pilot. And not just any reference 5524G, but Sheeran’s own 5524G. While this watch received mixed reviews when it was released at Baselworld in 2015, it has clearly made its way onto some wrists. In fact, it remains one of the most difficult to acquire modern Pateks on the planet, at present.
Based on two of Patek’s early 1930s hour-angle watches, the 42mm white gold Patek Philippe 5524G Pilot watch made quite a splash when it was launched. With its unusual textured blue dial and oversized SuperLuminova Arabic numerals with white gold surrounds, this was one of the more casual watches from Patek Philippe, well, ever. It features a functional Patek Philippe caliber CH 324 S C FUS, which is a travel-time movement with adjustable GMT-Hand and Spiromax spring. The 5524G was a big push for Patek Philippe – hoping to attract younger buyers to the traditional conservative brand. The watch received mixed reviews from readers and buyers alike; you can read more opinions on this watch in our Letters to the Editor.
But critical review aside, the 5524G remains one of the hottest sub $100,000 watches in the world and it is next to impossible to purchase from an authorized dealer. The story here is that Sheeran has one, and his appears to even be Tiffany-signed!
As many of you have noticed, Sheeran is an avid collector with some fantastic pieces to his name. Some notable spots include a patek philippe calatrava replica reference 5726A, Rolex Paul Newman reference 6239, Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore “Volcano,” and Richard Mille RM030. It is cool to see the Patek Pilot’s watch in the wild and on the cover of such a mainstream publication, and on the wrist of such a serious watch guy. Very cool, indeed.
The Patek Philippe reference 5524G Calatrava Pilot retails for $47,300. You can read more about Ed Sheeran in British GQ online.