A rare and very fine white gold wristwatch with date and Gay Frères mesh bracelet

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1969
    Reference No: 3541
    Movement No: 1’129’928
    Case No: 321’001
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 27-400M, 37 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K white gold Gay Frères mesh bracelet, max length 180mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Patek Philippe clasp
    Dimensions: 36mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with white gold bracelet in 1969 and its subsequent sale on November 10th, 1969

  • Catalogue Essay

    Patek Philippe released the reference 3541 in 1961 and it was still available in their 1969 catalogue. This exceptional example is one of the finest to be offered at auction and is fresh to the market. The Wenger waterproof two piece case is untouched since 1969, with sharp edges to the lugs and original factory finish. Manufactured in both yellow and white gold, this is only the 9th example in white gold to appear at auction. In the 1960s, tastes began to change from traditional watches to rugged models for the outdoors, the 3451 retains its classic aesthetic with automatic movement and date, but has a strong masculine feel, and together with the Gay Frères mesh bracelet, the watch has a sporty appeal. This is a watch any collector could wear today either at the office or on the weekend.

  • 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. 3541
A rare and very fine white gold wristwatch with date and Gay Frères mesh bracelet

百達翡麗,型號3541 ,精細罕有,18K白金自動上弦鏈帶腕錶,配日期顯示和Gay Frères鏈帶,約1969年製。附後補證書

1969
36mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$95,000 - 140,000 
€10,500-15,400
$12,200-17,900

sold for HK$187,500

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
thomasperazzi@phillips.com

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
ziyongho@phillips.com

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
jillchen@phillips.com

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SIX

Hong Kong Auction 29 May 2018