A fine and very rare pink gold perpetual calendar wristwatch with leap year indicator, moon phases, 24 hours and original certificate

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1990
    Reference No: 3941
    Movement No: 772'172
    Case No: 2'875'112
    Material: 18k pink gold
    Calibre: Automatic, 240 Q, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Black Patek Philippe crocodile leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k pink gold Patek Philippe buckle
    Dimensions: 36 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin dated October 1990 and product literature. Furthermore delivered with Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1990 and its subsequent sale on 30 October 1990.
    Literature: For another example of a reference 3941, please see Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber and Alan Banbery, pages 292 and 293.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 3940 and 3941 was introduced in 1986 and reference 3941, as the present lot, is possibly the rarest variant of the automatic perpetual calendar collection. Reference 3940 features a solid case back whereas reference 3941 is fitted with a glazed display back. These glazed display backs are not numbered and Patek Philippe applied the case numbers inside the case underneath the bezel. In respond to the increasing demand on both case backs, Patek Philippe later produced the model with both case back options. Production of reference 3941 was ceased in 1990 as there was no longer a difference between the two models.

  • 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. 3941
A fine and very rare pink gold perpetual calendar wristwatch with leap year indicator, moon phases, 24 hours and original certificate

百達翡麗,精細及非常罕有,18K紅金自動上弦腕錶,配萬年曆、月相、24小時及閏年顯示,型號3941,附證書,1990年製

1990
36 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$240,000 - 320,000 
€28,200-37,600
$30,000-40,000

sold for HK$375,000

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2016