A very fine and rare stainless steel center seconds wristwatch with silvered dial

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1963
    Reference No: 3483
    Movement No: 710'748
    Case No: 2'632'447
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 27 SC, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle
    Dimensions: 35mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by an Extract from the Archives confirming manufacture in 1963 and subsequent sale on April 13, 1964

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 3483 is a surprising example within Patek Philippe’s product line during the 1960s as it was made only in stainless steel beginning in 1963 and for a very short period. The present lot is the 19th and earliest reference 3483 known to date. The reference 3483, with its angular, down-turned lugs and large flat bezel has dramatic presence on the wrist. The silver sunburst dial, white gold indexes and hands, together with its steel case, are an austerely beautiful study in monochrome. Beating within this sought after reference is Patek’s exquisite, manual winding caliber 27SC (Secondes au Centre, or central seconds in French) beautifully finished and stamped twice with the prestigious Geneva seal confirming the painstaking finish of each individual component. Measuring 35 mm in diameter and benefiting from a recent service performed by Patek Philippe in Geneva, it’s a desirable and rarely seen example of a vintage stainless steel Patek Philippe wristwatch for the new or seasoned collector.

  • 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. 3483
A very fine and rare stainless steel center seconds wristwatch with silvered dial

1963
35mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF15,000 - 25,000 
€13,800-23,000
$15,500-25,800

sold for CHF18,750

Contact Specialist
Alexandre Ghotbi
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The Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR

Geneva Auctions 12 – 13 November 2016