Introduced alongside the 2533 during a revamp of perfect fake Patek Philippe time-only offerings in 1952, the reference 2525 is perfectly representative of the brand’s ability to deliver a design that is both on trend and eternally in style. In contrast to the simplicity of the 96, the look here is very 1950s with a stepped case, fluted lugs, and tapered hour markers.
At 36mm in diameter, the Wenger-made case is regularly described as “oversized for the period” by dealers, collectors, and auction houses alike but, hey, it’s true. We are still in the era of manually-wound 1:1 fake Patek Philippe Calatravas so the 2525 is powered by both the Patek caliber 10-200 and, towards the end of the run, the caliber 12-400. While this luxury copy Patek Philippe Calatrava was not marketed as a “sport” option quite like the 2533, it does feature a screw-down caseback.
In my opinion, the 2525 is the epitome of a “Calatrava Plus.” Inherently, a Calatrava is a simple watch but AAA quality replica Patek Philippe UK regularly finds a way to add just enough design to make for an aesthetically interesting watch while maintaining the straightforwardness we expect. Expect to find a quality “normal” 2525 in the low to mid $20k ballpark while “special” examples like one in white gold with a Gueblin-signed dial can get up there, selling for over $100k in 2019.