A very fine and rare yellow gold perpetual calendar wristwatch with moon phases, inverted date numerals, hang tag, bracelet and presentation box

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1972
    Reference No: 3448
    Movement No: 1’119’217
    Case No: 328’492
    Model Name: 'Padellone'
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 27-460 Q, 37 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe integral bracelet, max length 195 mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe folding clasp
    Dimensions: 37 mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied with Patek Philippe presentation case and hang tag. Furthermore, delivered with Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with yellow gold bracelet in 1972 and its subsequent sale on February 9th, 1972.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 3448 was first introduced in 1962 and was the firm's first self-winding perpetual calendar wristwatch. The watch was fitted with the new in-house calibre, the 27-460Q, which was patented by the firm. Furthermore, the caliber bears the prestigious Geneva seal underlining the painstaking hand finish it has gone through. Reference 3448 was in production until 1981 and was replaced by the reference 3450. Many collectors refer to the reference as 'Padellone', the nickname given to the watch.

    The present watch is a highly unusual and desirable example for two main reasons. he first, is that it is fitted with a luxury yellow gold bracelet and has been preserved in excellent condition over the years. The second, the present lot is fitted with a much rarer dial variation where the date numerals found on the bottom half are reversed which faced inward towards the moon phase, while most examples have the numerals facing out. An honest and exceptional example with a rare dial configuration makes it a trophy watch for any connoisseur.

  • 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. 3448
A very fine and rare yellow gold perpetual calendar wristwatch with moon phases, inverted date numerals, hang tag, bracelet and presentation box

百達翡麗,型號3448,非常精細及罕有,18K黃金自動上弦鏈帶腕錶,配萬年曆、月相和日期顯示,1972年製。附後補證書及錶盒

1972
37 mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$700,000 - 1,200,000 
€77,300-133,000
$89,700-154,000

sold for HK$1,100,000

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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