A large, extremely rare and attractive platinum wristwatch with certificate and box

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  • Condition Report

  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1962
    Reference No: 3429
    Movement No: 1'112'661
    Case No: 2'621'526
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 27-460, 37 jewels, stamped twice with the Geneva seal
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Patek Philippe pin buckle
    Dimensions: 35mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and pin buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Certificat d'Origine dated July 1963 and fitted presentation box. Furthermore delivered with Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1962 and its subsequent sale on July 13, 1963

  • Catalogue Essay

    Launched in 1960, reference 3429 was cased predominantly in yellow gold. To date, only two examples in platinum have surfaced on the market, making this example incredibly rare. Compounding to this astounding rarity, the piece is offered in extremely attractive condition: the edges and proportions of the case are perfectly preserved, and the hallmark to the band - a particularly sensitive location - is perfectly discernible. The dial as well appears to be unmolested, featuring raised hard enamel graphics and a gentle ivory patina.

    The movement beating inside this remarkable specimen is furthermore one of the most celebrated automatic movements of all times: cal. 27-460, the name given to the final evolution of legendary calibre 12-600AT, considered by many the gold standard for automatic movements.

    Reuniting absolute rarity, outstanding condition, timeless elegance, mechanical perfection, and the presence of its original box and Certificate, the present wristwatch would delight the most spoilt vintage Patek Philippe collector.

  • Maker Bio

    Patek Philippe

    Swiss • 1839

    Since its founding in 1839, this famous Geneva-based firm has been surprising its clientele with superbly crafted timepieces fitted with watchmaking's most prestigious complications. Traditional and conservative designs are found across Patek Philippe's watches made throughout their history — the utmost in understated elegance.

    Well-known for the Graves Supercomplication — a highly complicated pocket watch that was the world’s most complicated watch for 50 years — this family-owned brand has earned a reputation of excellence around the world. Patek's complicated vintage watches hold the highest number of world records for results achieved at auction compared with any other brand. For collectors, key models include the reference 1518, the world's first serially produced perpetual calendar chronograph, and its successor, the reference 2499. Other famous models include perpetual calendars such as the ref. 1526, ref. 3448 and 3450, chronographs such as the reference 130, 530 and 1463, as well as reference 1436 and 1563 split seconds chronographs. Patek is also well-known for their classically styled, time-only "Calatrava" dress watches, and the "Nautilus," an iconic luxury sports watch first introduced in 1976 as the reference 3700 that is still in production today.

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Ref. 3429
A large, extremely rare and attractive platinum wristwatch with certificate and box

1962
35mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and pin buckle signed

Estimate
CHF30,000 - 50,000 
€26,700-44,500
$30,200-50,400

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Contact Specialist
Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Sale
+ 41 79 637 1724
aghotbi@phillips.com

The Geneva Watch Auction: NINE

Geneva Auction 11-12 May 2019