A fine and extremely rare stainless steel wristwatch with date, bracelet, additional rubber strap, Certificate and box

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1998
    Reference No: 4960
    Movement No: 1'538'815
    Case No: 4'046'080
    Model Name: Aquanaut
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Quartz, cal. E19C, 7 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Patek Philippe bracelet stamped "A611AC" to the endlink, maximum length 170mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Patek Philippe concealed double deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 28mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by unstamped Patek Philippe Certificat d'Origine code dated November 1998, Registered Guarantee Card stamped by Patek Philippe Japan Service Center, additional blue rubber strap with double deployant clasp, product literature, folder, travel pouch, fitted presentation box and outer packaging. Furthermore delivered with Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in embossed blue dial in 1998 and its subsequent sale on November 30th, 1998.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 4960 is a lady's version of the acclaimed Aquanaut line of sport's watches. It was produced from 1998 to 2007, powered by the quartz calibre E19C. Already a very rare example in its standard configuration, the present specime featuring a blue dial well exceeds the rarity of its black-dialed peers as it is a special edition made in extremely limited quantities in 1998 for the Japanese market. The rarity of this model is apparent when we look at the amount of examples known from the public market: overall, only 14 examples of ref. 4960, including this one, have appeared in the 20 years since its launch. If we restrict the search to the Japanese blue dial edition, however, we are able to find only one other known example which appeared a decade ago, in 2008. This is thus the only second example of what can arguably be deemed the rarest of all Aquanaut models to make its public appearance.

    The present example, offered complete of its Japanese Certificate and in excellent condition, has the added particularity of featuring both a stainless steel bracelet, and also a blue rubber strap with additional buckle, obviously a request of the original buyer at the time of purchase.

  • 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. 4960
A fine and extremely rare stainless steel wristwatch with date, bracelet, additional rubber strap, Certificate and box

百達翡麗,型號4960,精細及極度罕有,女裝精鋼石英鏈帶腕錶,配日期顯示和藍色錶盤,特別為日本市場製作,約1998年製。附錶盒、原裝證書和備用錶帶 根據學者的研究資料顯示,目前為止百達翡麗型號4960,連本拍品據知只有14枚曾現身拍賣市場,十分稀有

1998
28mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$80,000 - 120,000 
€8,800-13,200
$10,300-15,400

sold for HK$100,000

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

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