Annual Calendar Chronographs and a Bit of History

The annual calendar is a generally youthful ‘complication’ and was first utilized in a wristwatch by Patek Philippe in 1996. It’s the less complicated kin of the ceaseless calendar and just requires one calendar change each year. Today we’re taking a gander at the ‘less complicated’ combination of a calendar system and a chronograph. So not the regarded combination of an interminable calendar and a chronograph, however the combination of an annual calendar and a chronograph and there are in reality just a modest bunch combining these two complications.

While each gatherer and watch aficionado will yearn for Perpetual Calendar Chronographs made by Patek, Lange, Vacheron and AP, its marginally more basic kin isn’t just underestimated yet additionally under-addressed in accessibility. When seeing the present market for new watches, we could tally a couple of Annual Calendar Chronographs in spite of the fact that we wouldn’t see any problems with seeing a greater amount of these. So for this lovely cool combination of the Annual Calendar and Chronograph, we likewise incorporated some that must be discovered used. Fortunately Patek, Ulysse Nardin, Carl F. Bucherer and Richard Mille actually offer an Annual Calendar Chrono today!

Patek Philippe ref. 5960/01G

First presented in 2006 out of a platinum variant (5960P) and later likewise offered in rose gold (5960R) this was Patek’s first Annual Calendar Chronograph and it made very a few waves among gatherers. Be that as it may, when Patek supplanted the platinum and rose gold adaptation with a treated steel form (ref. 5960/1A), that truly made a few waves! Meanwhile, the steel rendition has been supplanted by a white gold variant with naval force blue dial, and two ‘frosted’ forms in rose gold and platinum, which are as yet in Patek’s current collection.

Inside ticks the type CH 28-520 IRM QA 24H (what’s in a name) and this depends on Patek Philippe’s first self-twisting in-house chronograph. The calendar data is shown in three openings at the upper portion of the dial: the day of the week is somewhere in the range of 10 and 11, the date is at 12 and somewhere in the range of 1 and 2 o’clock you’ll see the month. A little force hold pointer is situated just underneath the date, and beneath that, you’ll see the Patek Philippe name and home town.

What separates this one from the rest is that ref. 5960 was the absolute first annual calendar chronograph to be presented, ever. Other than the three current references, you will actually want to discover prior 5960’s on the used market. A snappy hunt on Chrono24 shows in any event 220 watches of this reference are offered available to be purchased and a large portion of these are named ‘new’.

Quick facts: 40.5mm white gold case – type CH 28-520 IRM QA 24H – annual calendar and flyback chronograph – brown calf cowhide lash WG clasp – CHF 58,000

Patek Philippe ref. 5905R

The next watch in which Patek combined the annual calendar and chronograph, is the reference 5905 that was presented in 2015. This watch is somewhat bigger than the 5960, presently estimating 42mm in distance across (rather than 40.5mm.) The principle development concerned the dial that currently includes a more present day, monochromatic look with unmistakably characterized areas and applied implement markers. The mechanics, be that as it may, and the general state of the case remained (nearly) indistinguishable. Just accessible in platinum in the primary years, it wasn’t until 2019 preceding Patek presented the “R” form: the pink gold 5905R-001 highlighting a brilliant looking brown dial. For more data, if it’s not too much trouble, visit www.patek.com

Quick facts: 42mm pink gold case – type CH 28-520 QA 24H – annual calendar and flyback chronograph – gator tie and pink gold clasp – CHF 58,000

Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronograph Annual Calendar 43mm

The Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronograph Annual Calendar is an energetic work of art. Dispatched in 2016 to praise the 20th commemoration of the brand’s Marine assortment and for the specialists, the annual calendar is, obviously, founded on Ludwig Oechslin’s plan. The base is simply the in-house winding chronograph type UN-150 that is improved with an annual calendar component. Since this is planned by Oechslin, this implies it is a brilliant annual calendar that can without much of a stretch be changed forward and in reverse. This annual calendar component comprises just nine extra parts, thus the competitive pricing.

The Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronograph Annual Calendar comes in a few tones and either in steel or rose gold. The moderately spotless and clear dial includes a customary format with three sub-dials, while the month sign offers the running seconds sub-dial and the date is appeared in a round opening at 6 o’clock. The 43mm steel case stands apart with its ribbed bezel and strong full-width drags. For more data, kindly visit www.ulysse-nardin.com .

Quick facts: 43mm steel case – programmed type UN 153 – annual calendar and chronograph – croc tie and collapsing clasp – EUR 11,900

Carl F. Bucherer – Heritage BiCompax Annual Calendar

Carl F. Bucherer has inhaled new life into one of its recorded watches, specifically a beautiful 1956 bi-compax chronograph. Therefore, it was upgraded with an annual calendar, making it one of only a handful not many with this combination of complications accessible at the present time. The Heritage BiCompax Annual Calendar comes in two attractive renditions: a hardened steel form with ‘panda’ dial, and a bi-shading variant with rose gold bezel and champagne shading dial. Returned to in a 41mm distance across tempered steel case it combines the two complications into an immaculately snazzy bundle at a value that has nothing to do with what other Maisons offer.

The annual calendar has been consolidated without polluting the persuading retro vibe. The enormous date is readable initially while the optional month sign is more prudent at 4 o’clock. The programmed development depends on the attempted and-tried ETA 2894 with an extra annual calendar module. An incredible bundle at a moderate price! For more data, kindly visit www.carl-f-bucherer.com

Quick facts: 41mm steel case – programmed type CFB 1972 – annual calendar and chronograph – embellished elastic tie and collapsing clasp – restricted version of 888 pieces – CHF 6,900

Carl F Bucherer additionally offers another watch highlighting this complication, specifically the Patravi ChronoDate Annual that is just accessible in 18k rose gold, either on cowhide or on a full 18k gold arm band. Particularly the form with brown dial looks pretty sweet.

Richard Mille – RM 11-01, RM 11-02, RM 11-03, RM 11-04, RM 32-02, RM 39-01 and RM60-01

The RM 11 is one of the works of art in the Richard Mille stable and is/was accessible in a significant number varieties. Also, more critically, these varieties share, obviously, similar development and in this way similar complications, in particular the chronograph (here a flyback chrono) and the annual calendar. Until now, there have been three ages and a large group of brilliant iterations.

There was the RM 11-01 Roberto Mancini (that I went involved with, in 2014), the RM 011 NTPT Lotus F1 Team Romain Grosjean clad in black and gold , and the crazy red Richard Mille RM 011 Red TPT Quartz Automatic Flyback Chronograph . In any case, on the off chance that you favor British hustling green, Richard Mille made the RM 11-02 Le Mans Classic , yet this was sold out and just 150 models were at any point made. On the “- 02” version, we see an extra 24-hour sign at 6 and an extra UTC hand on the focal pivot, which will permit you to monitor your home time when travelling.

The last update was RM 11-03 ( see here for an audit ) and the RM 11-03 McLaren Automatic Flyback Chronograph was the remainder of the RM 11 ancestry that we got our hands on. Of all RM models, my undisputed top choice is presumably the RM 11-01 Roberto Mancini, or possibly the refreshed RM 11-03 … yet with costs that go a long ways past the 100k+ territory these watches all stay for the glad few.

Also in the Richard Mille assortment, and furthermore outfitted with a similar development furnishing you with a flyback and an annual calendar, are the RM 32-02, the 60-01.


Besides the four we recorded above, there are a couple of more watches combining the annual calendar complication with the chronograph. And keeping in mind that there are very few accessible today, in any event, when we think back there are a couple highlighting this combination of complications. Here’s a short outline of some of them…

  • MIH Watch  – we canvassed this one as of late in The Collector’s Series and at the time it was the most reasonable watch combining an annual calendar and chronograph. Indeed, even today just the Carl F Bucherer (referenced above) comes near its noteworthy value purpose of CHF 5,000.
  • Montblanc Heritage Chronometrie Chronograph Quantième Annuel – for a brief period Montblanc made its solitary chronograph annual calendar. It was a short spell at the complication, presented in 2016 and as of now a distant memory from the assortment today.
  • Zenith likewise had some goes at the Annual Calendar Chronograph complication. It was with the fairly appealing Captain Winsor Annual Calendar Chronograph and the cool-looking Montre d’Aeronef Type 20 Annual Calendar. Tragically not in the current assortment any longer, but rather you ought to have the option to locate some on the second-hand market.
  • Last yet not least, Breitling accomplished something under the name “1461”. It was in excess of an annual calendar and really approached a ceaseless calendar, as it just must be changed in jump years. It represented February being 28 days, and along these lines during a jump year when February is 29 days, that one change each four years must be made. The 1461 came in the Transocean and the Navitimer lines.

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