The Evolution of the Patek Philippe Collection

The legendary watchmaking goliath now known as Patek Philippe has been in existence in one form or another since 1839. Initially headed up by a Polish cavalryman named Antoine Norbert Patek de Pradwdzic (Antoni, to his friends), he joined with the French horologist, Jean Adrien Philippe in 1845, becoming partner in the new firm of […] The post The Evolution of the Patek Philippe Collection appeared first on Bob's Watches.

The Evolution of the Patek Philippe Collection

The legendary watchmaking goliath now known as Patek Philippe has been in existence in one form or another since 1839.

Initially headed up by a Polish cavalryman named Antoine Norbert Patek de Pradwdzic (Antoni, to his friends), he joined with the French horologist, Jean Adrien Philippe in 1845, becoming partner in the new firm of Patek, Philippe & Cie in 1851. (It took until 2009 for them to drop the comma, becoming simply Patek Philippe).

Owned in its entirety by the Stern family since 1932, Patek Philippe is now regarded as one of the Holy Trinity, taking up a third share of the most prestigious timepiece manufacturers Switzerland has to offer, alongside Vacheron Constantin and Audemars Piguet.

But as you might expect, a manufacture that has been in the game for more than 180-years will have made plenty of changes to their creations over all that time. Some of the watches Patek still build today have been in their collection for generations, gradually progressing and evolving as times and technologies advance.

So, we have put together this guide to document just what form these transformations have taken, and to see the differences between the earliest and most recent examples of some of the finest watches in the world.

The Patek Portfolio

The current catalog of Patek Philippe wristwatches comprises eight individual families. Within them, you will find everything from the simplest two-handers ranging through to some of the most complicated models in the industry.

The oldest model name in the portfolio, the Calatrava, has been there since 1932, when the Stern’s took control, while the latest addition, the Twenty~4, joined the lineup in 1999. However, the Complications and Grand Complications collections include pieces that can trace their lineage back even further; Patek unveiled their first-minute repeater, for example, as early as 1916.

Below, we take a look at each specific group in turn.

The Patek Philippe Calatrava

Patek Philippe Calatrava

Patek Philippe Calatrava

If there was a dictionary definition for the term ‘understated elegance’ it would simply be a picture of a Patek Philippe Calatrava.

Minimalist, bordering on the humble, the Patek Philippe Calatrava has been the brand’s most commercially successful offering for decades thanks to its combination of flawless aesthetics, faultless engineering and, crucially, its availability. In the same way a Rolex AD usually has a Datejust in the window (and little else) the Calatrava is Patek’s most accessible model.

It all started in 1932 with the introduction of the Reference 96. Dreamt up by Jean and Charles Henri Stern upon gaining a controlling interest in the financially fraught Patek, Philippe & Cie, the brothers knew they needed something a little more mainstream than the brand’s usual models in order to get some much-needed funds into the company.

The David Penney-designed Reference 96, with its sumptuously rounded 31mm case and form-following-function, Bauhaus-derived styling quickly became the blueprint for what a gentleman’s dress wristwatch should look like, in an era where the pocket watch was still very much the norm.

As a result, it stayed in production all the way up to 1973 and gave birth to a myriad of variations. Where the original had a small sub-dial for the running seconds, other versions of the 96 had either a central seconds hand, or even no seconds indication at all. Different dials included a pilot’s model, with extra-large numerals, and sector dials, divided into inner and outer concentric circles.

Through the years, almost every Calatrava model has followed the basic visuals of Reference 96 because, well, why wouldn’t they? Case sizes have fluctuated, some even getting up to 40mm+, with the occasional subtle difference, such as the more angular, sporty Reference 565.

Other standout references include:

The Ref. 2526, the first Calatrava with an automatic movement, from 1953.

The Ref. 3520, the first appearance of the iconic Clous De Paris hobnail bezel

The Ref. 3960, made to commemorate Patek’s 150th anniversary in 1989, and was the first Officer style Calatrava, with straight lugs, turban crown and Hunter-style hinged case back.

As for the modern range, it contains a mix of some of the best historic models, given modern-day updates. The ref. 5196-001 is a virtual carbon copy of the debut piece, albeit in 37mm, available in either yellow, rose or white gold.

The ref. 6119-001 features the guilloche bezel of the vintage ref. 3520, while the ref. 7200R-001 is a reimagining of the anniversary Office style model, this time without the hinged back.

Top of the range is the ref. 5088/100P, a stunning platinum piece, with a hand carved black enamel dial decorated with interlacing arabesque scrolls.

Buying a Patek Calatrava

Patek Calatrava

Highly renowned or not, the Calatrava remains one of the most affordable models in Patek’s arsenal.

Preowned Vintage Examples

Approx. Starting Price:

Ref. 96—$10,000+

Ref. 2526—$35,000+

Ref. 3520—$10,000+

Ref. 3960—$25,000

Current Range Examples

Retail Price:

Ref. 5196J-001—$24,600 (Starting preowned price—$24,000 approx.)

Ref. 6119-001—$30,500 (Starting preowned price—$34,000 approx.)

Ref. 7200R-001—$31,500 (Starting preowned price—$22,500 approx.)

Ref. 5088/100P—$102,500 (Starting preowned price—$108,000 approx.)

The Patek Philippe Nautilus

Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711R

Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711R

One of the most important timepieces ever made, the Nautilus emerged in 1976. A retaliation to the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak launched four years earlier, and designed by the same man, the Patek Philippe Nautilus joined the newly conceived genre of the luxury sports watch.

Brainchild of the legendary Gerald Genta, recognized as arguably the greatest watch designer of all time, the Nautilus took its name from the ship in Jules Verne’s classic ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’ and its inspiration from the look of an ocean liner’s porthole; the angular case forged into its integrated bracelet, finished off with a horizontally grooved dial resembling the teak decking of a lavish sailing yacht.

The debut piece, the 42mm ref. 3700-1A, was possibly the most disruptive watch Patek had ever made. A brand known for its conservative elegance, and its almost exclusive use of precious metals, unleashing a stainless steel octagonal sports watch with strange ‘ears’ on either side, caused an uproar. Doubling down on the controversy, they then topped it off with a price tag usually reserved for solid gold dress pieces. ‘One of the World’s Costliest Watches is Made From Steel’ trumpeted the unrepentant ads.

But with the AP Royal Oak paving the way, taking much of the sting out of the shock of the new, the Nautilus hit the ground running.

The ref. 3700 stayed in production until 1990 and, like the Calatrava ref. 96, went through plenty of editions. Yellow or white gold versions appeared, as well as two-tone gold and steel models.

The 1980s saw the smaller 37.5mm ref. 3800 arrive, as well as two quartz models; the 33mm ref. 3900 and the ladies ref. 4700, measuring just 27mm.

After that, the Nautilus received its first complication in 1998 with the ref. 3710, complete with winding zone indicator.

Today, the Nautilus collection is some 31 models strong, more than half of them simple time-and-date watches, while the remainder includes moon phases, chronographs, travel time and perpetual calendar examples.

Buying a Patek Nautilus

MEN'S PATEK PHILLIPE NAUTILUS 3800/1

The esteem in which the Nautilus is held, coupled with the extreme lack of availability (current waiting lists for the most in-demand models are rumored to be around 10-years) means prices for this slice of horological celebrity often reach the absurd.

Preowned Vintage Examples

Approx. Starting Price:

Ref. 3700-1A—$80,000-$450,000+

Ref. 3800—$35,000-$300,000+

Ref. 3900—$30,000-$40,000

Ref. 4700—$10,000-$45,000

Current Range Examples

Retail Price:

Ref. 5711/1A—$35,200 (Starting preowned price—$100,000 approx.)

Ref. 5726/1A—$50,270 (Starting preowned price—$120,000 approx.)

Ref. 5990/1A—$59,140 (Starting preowned price—$140,000 approx.)

The Patek Philippe Aquanaut

Patek Aquanaut

Although the Nautilus may have been groundbreaking and radical on its release, over the ensuing 45-years it had become so ubiquitous that it was starting to be seen as a watch only for the seasoned collector. It was lacking the freshness, the pioneering spirit which had made it famous in the first place and Patek was in need of something to bring in a younger, hipper audience.

Enter the Patek Philippe Aquanaut. Described in some circles as the Nautilus Junior, the Aquanaut was unveiled in 1997 and brought a modernized aesthetic to the idea of the luxury sports watchkeeping many of the best design cues of its bigger brother, while introducing pleasing quirks of its own. So, while the case was still a rounded octagon, the hinged ears were dispensed with and the original references were fitted on a rubber strap featuring a raised guilloche pattern which was mirrored on the dial to give the whole thing a sense of cohesion.

The first model, the ref. 5060A, measured 35.6mm. Smaller than the equivalent Nautilus of the time, it was nevertheless a chunkier, more robust and just trendier proposition. What’s more, with its screw-down case back giving 120m water resistance, and that rubber strap constructed of more than 20 different materials to give it the ultimate protection against deterioration in saltwater or UV light, it was a far more practical watch too.

Following on from the debut model, in 1998 Patek released the quartz-powered ref. 5064, at an even smaller 34mm, along with a ladies version, the ref. 4960. That year also saw the ref. 5065 released, in the largest yet 38mm guise.

Since then, the Aquanaut has continued to grow, both physically and in popularity. The modern range has 13 pieces, all but one sitting on the rubber ‘Tropical’ strap and the majority coming in at 40mm+.

Mainly, time-and-date models, there are a handful of chronographs and travel timepieces as well.

Buying a Patek Aquanaut

Patek Aquanaut

Theoretically, the Aquanaut series is one of the most affordable of all Patek’s collections. The cheapest, the steel ref. 5167A, retails for around $21,650 for example. However, just as with the Nautilus, availability has become extremely limited and so preowned prices are skyrocketing.

Preowned Vintage Examples

Approx. Starting Price:

Ref. 5060A—$38,000

Ref. 5064A—$27,000

Ref. 5065A—$42,000

Current Range Examples

Retail Price:

Ref. 5167A—$21,650 (Starting preowned price—$72,000 approx.)

Ref. 5164A—$39,030 (Starting preowned price—$90,000 approx.)

Ref. 5968A—$49,680 (Starting preowned price—$150,000 approx.)

The Patek Philippe Complications

Patek Philippe Complication

As the manufacture to bring us the first-ever perpetual calendar and the first-ever annual calendar watches, Patek Philippe has long been at the forefront of industry innovation.

What may come as a surprise is that their perpetual calendar, the more complex of the two, emerged in 1864 on a pocket watch, while the brand didn’t produce their debut annual calendar until 1996.

Over the years the Patek Philippe name has become synonymous with highly intricate timepieces, and they have continued to lead from the front. The manufacture brought us the very first annual calendar chronograph in existence in 2006, in the shape of the ref. 5960, a piece still in the lineup today.

Many of Patek’s earliest complicated models, such as the ref. 2523 from their now-highly celebrated World Timers range, shoehorned the additional mechanisms required into Calatrava cases. That is also true of the contemporary series. The majority of the 35 watches in the collection have the signature gracefully rounded form, in varying sizes.

As for the complications themselves, you can take your pick from Weekly Calendars, Flyback Chronographs, Pilot Travel Time (dual time zone watches) and a range of modern World Time and World Time Chronograph pieces, in a selection of metals, from steel to platinum.

Buying a Patek Complication

As you might expect, with the incredible amount of work that goes into creating one of these models, coupled with the mostly precious metal construction, the Patek Philippe Complications collection is a pricey one. However, vintage examples can still be had for unexpectedly reasonable sums.

Preowned Vintage Examples

Approx. Starting Price:

Ref. 5146J (Moon Phase)—$42,500

Ref. 5035J (Annual Calendar)—$22,500

Ref. 5496P (Perpetual Calendar)—$75,000

Current Range Examples

Retail Price:

Ref. 5212A—$35,480 (Starting preowned price—$47,000 approx.)

Ref. 5905R—$53,460 (Starting preowned price—$62,000 approx.)

Ref. 5930G—$79,250 (Starting preowned price—$60,000 approx.)

The Patek Philippe Grand Complications

If the Complications range is impressive, the Patek Grand Complications collection is perhaps the ultimate expression of the watchmaker’s art.

The brand has been responsible for making the most complicated watch in the world several times. In 1933, the Henry Graves Jr. Supercomplication pocket watch, named for the millionaire New York banker who commissioned it, crammed 24 functions inside its 1lb shell, including a minute repeater, sidereal time and celestial chart. It went at auction in 2014 for $23,984,106, making it the most expensive timepiece ever sold at the time.

In 1989, on the occasion of Patek’s 150th anniversary, the manufacture brought out the Caliber 89 Grand Complication. Taking nine years to design and produce, it housed a 1,728 component, four-level movement powering 33 complications, with grand and petite sonnerie, alarm, thermometer and a 2-minute tourbillon among them. Patek actually made four versions of the Caliber 89, one in each flavor of gold along with a platinum piece, with the yellow gold example selling in 2009 for nearly $5m.

Then, on the 175th birthday of the brand in 2014, they unveiled the Grandmaster Chime, a 47mm wristwatch featuring 20 complications, with date repeater, second time zone and perpetual calendar all in there somewhere. It sold in 2019 for $31.2m, overtaking the Henry Graves for the title of most expensive watch ever.

The ‘standard’ Grand Complications range, if you can call it that, is an extraordinary series of exquisite timepieces. There is a whole selection of perpetual calendars, incorporating those with additional retrograde date complications and chronographs (including split-seconds monopushers), through to stunning astronomical models and fully skeletonized minute repeaters accessible only to the inordinately wealthy.

Buying a Patek Grand Complication

The Grand Complication collection is, unsurprisingly, Patek’s most expensive. Nevertheless, while you will be unlikely to find anything you could describe as a bargain, there is still a wide variation on price, in the both new and vintage sectors.

Preowned Vintage Examples

Approx. Starting Price:

Ref. 5040A (Perpetual Calendar)—$28,000

Ref. 3945 (Perpetual Calendar)—$35,000

Ref. 3970J (Perpetual Calendar)—$100,000

Current Range Examples

Retail Price:

Ref. 5370P—$274,410 (Starting preowned price—$215,000 approx.)

Ref. 5520P—$309,890 (Starting preowned price—$250,000 approx.)

Ref. 6102R—$311,080 (Starting preowned price—$220,000 approx.)

The Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse

Golden Ellipse - Designed by Gerald Genta

The Golden Ellipse – Designed by Gerald Genta

A range stemming from 1968, Patek actually drew on a 2,000-year old principle of aesthetic proportion to create and name their Golden Ellipse watches.

The brand took their lead from Euclid’s discovery of the Golden Section around 300BC. Described as being the perfect point at which to divide a line into imbalanced but harmonious lengths, it was later cemented by renaissance mathematician Luca Pacioli as the ratio of 1 to 1.6181. Patek took this as their basis when designing the Ellipse, creating an elongated circular case unlike anything else in their portfolio.

An instant hit, the series captured the imagination for its unique shape, its chic sophistication and its unisex appeal.

As with the Calatrava range, the Ellipse has retained its basic form for half a century or so it has been included in the Patek lineup. Some vintage pieces feature slightly altered profiles, with more cushion-shaped models or else the standard shape rotated to be wider than they are tall.

But all retain a natural elegance determined by their Euclidean geometry, and the modern series remains a highly sought-after example of beautifully realized dress watch design.

Buying a Patek Golden Ellipse

The current crop of Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse models houses only three watches; one in platinum with blue dial, another in rose gold with black dial and a very special white gold example with a hand-engraved arabesque face similar to that found on the Calatrava ref. 5088.

All are driven by self-winding mechanical movements, but on the vintage market you will find a number of quartz-powered pieces, some of the most inexpensive Patek Philippe watches available.

Preowned Vintage Examples

Approx. Starting Price:

Ref. 3838 (Quartz)—$7,000

Ref. 3581—$8,000

Ref. 3948—$12,000

Current Range Examples

Retail Price:

Ref. 5738R—$34,070 (Starting preowned price—$27,000 approx.)

Ref. 5738P—$55,830 (Starting preowned price—$45,000 approx.)

Ref. 5738/51G—$74,720 (Starting preowned price—$75,000 approx.)

The Patek Philippe Twenty~4

Patek Philippe Twenty 4

The Twenty~4 series is believed to be Patek’s bestselling collection currently, their first-ever series created exclusively for women.

Unveiled in 1999, making them also the most recent addition to the catalog, the Twenty~4 started out with an assortment of Cartier Tank-like models with cambered rectangular cases in either steel or any of the three golds; versatile enough, as the name suggests, to be worn on any and all occasions.

Those original pieces were all quartz-powered and featured distinctive integrated bracelets. However, in 2018, Patek added to the range by bringing in more traditional rounded versions, all with automatic mechanical movements.

While these new models share some design cues with the initial run of Twenty~4 watches—mainly in the style of bracelet—there are far more differences than similarities.

Firstly, the rectangular models measured just 25.1mm x 30mm and were simple two-handed timekeepers. The new circular range are all 36mm and include a seconds hand and a date function. And then there’s the expense. The latest pieces are more than twice the price of the quartz watches, like for like, with the combination of the self-winding movement, extra features and the setting of 160 diamonds into their bezels dramatically increasing their value.

Regardless though, the Twenty~4 has always been, and remains, a huge hit for Patek, and the preowned market is the perfect place to pick one up for a surprisingly low amount.

Buying a Patek Twenty~4

Both types of Patek Philippe Twenty~4 are striking in their own way, and each has enough variety in dial color and materials to cater to most people’s tastes. As with everything Patek does, elegance and style are always at the forefront and, with the original rectangular versions especially, you will try for a long time to find any watch with as much sophistication for less.

Preowned Examples

Approx. Starting Price:

Ref. 4910 (Steel, Quartz)—$7,500

Ref. 4907 (Yellow Gold, Quartz)—$8,000

Ref. 4920 (White Gold, Quartz)—$12,000

Current Range Examples

Retail Price:

Ref. 7300-1200—$27,800 (Starting preowned price—$22,400 approx.)

Ref. 7300-1200R—$48,500 (Starting preowned price—$37,200 approx.)

The Patek Philippe Gondolo

Like walking through Patek’s own museum, the Patek Philippe Gondolo collection is where the brand houses their ‘form’ watches; that is, those with non-round cases.

Although the range only originates from the 1990s, each one has drawn on some of the earliest vintage examples for their styling, and mainly from the Art Deco era.

As for the unusual name, that stems from Gondolo & Labouriau, a jeweler in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with whom Patek enjoyed a long and profitable relationship between 1872 and 1927. So much so, in fact, that at one point the store-bought up approximately a third of the manufacture’s output.

Over the years, the Gondolo collection has seen some beautifully offbeat models, all with refreshingly eccentric profiles. Interestingly, the ref. 4824 and ref. 4825 from 1993 served as the inspiration for the Twenty~4 series, with their rectangular silhouette.

Today, the seven-strong assortment is a mixture of various unconventional structures, from small cushion-shaped pieces through to elegantly curved tonneau models, all awash with flawless diamonds.

Buying a Patek Gondolo

The Gondolo collection, past and present, contains both quartz and mechanical watches. As such, prices vary widely and it is possible to obtain one of these fine pieces for far less than you might imagine.

Preowned Examples

Approx. Starting Price:

Ref. 4824 (Quartz)—$7,000

Ref. 5014—$8,000

Ref. 4980—$12,000

Current Range Examples

Retail Price:

Ref. 7041R—$34,600 (Starting preowned price—$34,000 approx.)

Ref. 7042/100G—$225,700 (Starting preowned price—$165,000 approx.)

Ref. 7099G—$121,900 (Starting preowned price—$90,500 approx.)

 

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Sit in the pits at any race venue and you will spot a strange phenonium. Drivers will slope off a chair, squat in front of their pit table until their eyes are level. Holding that position they raise and drop their chassis as they scrutinise each end of the car to ensure both wheels rise at the same time, to eliminate 'Tweak'. This process is an essential part of set-up to ensure you have a perfectly balanced car. Yet is sometimes awkward to have the space, can make your knees ache and even when you are squatting in the pits, it can sometimes be difficult to ascertain which wheel was first to raise, especially if the pit area is not well lit up. So I was really interested to see these new RCMaker GeoCarbon HD weighted Tweak wheel sets for sale at my local hobby shop, so I thought I would give them a spin. Opening the packet.In the packet you get two weighted tweak wheels. These are made with carbon fibre with the weight made from Brass. The wheels each have a smooth moving ABEC 7 bearing that has a very well machined black Knurled thumb nut. You also get two A-Type mounts. These are made to keep the other end of the car stable whilst you are fixing the tweak. These also have the smooth ABEC 7 Bearings and the black Knurled thumb nut. These parts are really well made, and they do ease quality, so will look ok alongside the TRF parts in my pitbox. FittingAfter setting the droop on your chassis it is time to check the tweak.  So you just use the M4 threaded knurled thumb nuts to screw the weighted wheels at one end of the chassis. Now attach the A-Stands at the opposite end of the chassis. It doesn't matter what end you start to de-tweak.. although my OCD will ensure that I always start at the front. How to de-tweak the chassis.Place the chassis on a nice flat surface such as a setting board. Set the Tweak wheels so that they are on the board with the RCMaker logo horizontalPress down at both ends on the chassis to settle the suspension. Grab the middle of the shock tower at the end of the chassis with the weighted wheels and lift the car gently until you notice one of the wheels rotate.The wheel that rotates early is the side that needs to be unscrewed half a turn towards the top of the damper at the opposite end of the car. Once you have done this you need to screw down the shock collar on the opposite side also by half a turn. E.G If the front right wheel spins first when lifting the chassis, you need to unscrew the rear right damper collar by half a turn then screw down the rear left damper by half a turn. Repeat this process until both wheels spin at the same time when you lift that end of the chassis. Then do the same process again at the other end of the car. As mentioned before, it does not matter what end you do first. Once you have done this you will have a perfectly balanced car ready to hit the track :) ConclusionI've been using these wheels for a while now and I am really pleased with my purchase. Yes they are not cheap, but I do find that they are not only easier to use, but are make it easier to spot the tiny disparity between wheels raising off the ground than the conventional method. The other value added point is that they work with any chassis with 4mm axles, so you can use them on M07's TT02's etc that are much harder to balance with the conventional method. Very cool :)

RC MAKER GeoCarbon HD Weighted Tweak Wheel set Review

Sit in the pits at any race venue and you will spot a strange phenonium. Drivers will slope off a chair, squat in front of their pit table until their eyes are level. Holding that position they raise and drop their chassis as they scrutinise each end of the car to ensure both wheels rise at the same time, to eliminate 'Tweak'. This process is an essential part of set-up to ensure you have a perfectly balanced car. Yet is sometimes awkward to have the space, can make your knees ache and even when you are squatting in the pits, it can sometimes be difficult to ascertain which wheel was first to raise, especially if the pit area is not well lit up.


So I was really interested to see these new RCMaker GeoCarbon HD weighted Tweak wheel sets for sale at my local hobby shop, so I thought I would give them a spin.

Opening the packet.

In the packet you get two weighted tweak wheels. These are made with carbon fibre with the weight made from Brass. The wheels each have a smooth moving ABEC 7 bearing that has a very well machined black Knurled thumb nut.


You also get two A-Type mounts. These are made to keep the other end of the car stable whilst you are fixing the tweak. These also have the smooth ABEC 7 Bearings and the black Knurled thumb nut.

These parts are really well made, and they do ease quality, so will look ok alongside the TRF parts in my pitbox. 

Fitting

After setting the droop on your chassis it is time to check the tweak.  

So you just use the M4 threaded knurled thumb nuts to screw the weighted wheels at one end of the chassis. 

Now attach the A-Stands at the opposite end of the chassis. It doesn't matter what end you start to de-tweak.. although my OCD will ensure that I always start at the front. 



How to de-tweak the chassis.

  • Place the chassis on a nice flat surface such as a setting board. 
  • Set the Tweak wheels so that they are on the board with the RCMaker logo horizontal
  • Press down at both ends on the chassis to settle the suspension. 
  • Grab the middle of the shock tower at the end of the chassis with the weighted wheels and lift the car gently until you notice one of the wheels rotate.
  • The wheel that rotates early is the side that needs to be unscrewed half a turn towards the top of the damper at the opposite end of the car. Once you have done this you need to screw down the shock collar on the opposite side also by half a turn. E.G If the front right wheel spins first when lifting the chassis, you need to unscrew the rear right damper collar by half a turn then screw down the rear left damper by half a turn. 
  • Repeat this process until both wheels spin at the same time when you lift that end of the chassis. Then do the same process again at the other end of the car. As mentioned before, it does not matter what end you do first. 
Once you have done this you will have a perfectly balanced car ready to hit the track :) 

Conclusion

I've been using these wheels for a while now and I am really pleased with my purchase. 

Yes they are not cheap, but I do find that they are not only easier to use, but are make it easier to spot the tiny disparity between wheels raising off the ground than the conventional method.

The other value added point is that they work with any chassis with 4mm axles, so you can use them on M07's TT02's etc that are much harder to balance with the conventional method. Very cool :)




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