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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1977
    Reference No: 3605/1
    Movement No: 1'306'613
    Case No: 2'768'167
    Model Name: Golden Ellipse
    Material: 18k white gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal.28 255C, 36 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k white gold Patek Philippe woven bracelet, max length 182mm.
    Clasp/Buckle: Folding clasp
    Dimensions: 38 x 33mm.
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by fitted presentation box with outer packaging, burgundy leather wallet containing product literature, original certificate of identity and guarantee of origin. Extract from the Archives confirming year of production of the present watch in 1977 and its subsequent sale on January 11, 1979

  • Catalogue Essay

    Launched in 1968, Patek Philippe’s Golden Ellipse is a very minimalistic watch that was at the same time, extremely elegant and ahead of its time. Its vibrant blue sunburst dial was audacious, and gave this modern creation great character and depth.

    The Golden Ellipse is a model characterized by its visually attractive balance. The rounded rectangular shape case was designed using the famous “golden ratio”. Used by artists around the world since the Renaissance, this mathematical ratio can be found in the most beautiful architectural monuments and used for the world’s most famous paintings. Produced from 1971 to 1984, reference 3605 was the largest Ellipse model ever made by Patek Philippe and was certainly the inspiration for the newly released reference 3738/100J. Another interesting fact is that this watch and the legendary Jumbo Nautilus, reference 3700 share the same caliber, the ultra-thin 28-255C. The present reference 3605-1 with its blue sunburst dial and supple, woven gold bracelet is one of only 11 pieces known to date to the market. Preserved in incredible condition and accompanied with its original box and certificate, it is undoubtedly one of the best examples a collector could hope to find of this landmark model.

  • Artist Biography

    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. 3605/1
A very rare, attractive and large white gold elongated ellipse-shape wristwatch with date, bracelet, presentation box and certificate

1977
38 x 33mm.
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF10,000 - 15,000 
€9,200-13,800
$10,300-15,500

Sold for CHF16,250

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