Patek Philippe - Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR Geneva Friday, November 11, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 2008
    Reference No: 5970J
    Movement No: 3'049'706
    Case No: 4'467'167
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. CH 27-70 Q, 24 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold deployant buckle, signed PPCo.
    Dimensions: 40mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by presentation box, Certificate of Origin, additional caseback and pin pusher. Additionally this watch is presented with an Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 2008 and its subsequent sale on September 14, 2010

  • Catalogue Essay

    Patek Philippe’s reference 5970 was released in 2004 as the direct successor of the reference 3970 – all descendants of the firm’s beloved reference 1518. Some 18-years after the introduction of reference 3970, Patek Philippe made an unprecedented move with the introduction of the reference 5970 - harmonizing the need for a modern style while staying true to their classic roots. The new reference introduced a much larger case, which was in fact 4mm larger than its predecessor. This change in and of itself was very well received amongst the collector community thanks to its superbly balanced proportions that make it very comfortable to wear. Like its predecessors, the reference 5970 also housed a heavily modified Lemania-based caliber similar to the reference 3970. However, the 5970 incorporated square pushers as opposed to round – a feature that was last seen on a perpetual calendar chronograph by Patek Philippe on the first series examples of the iconic reference 2499 made during the 1950s. Reference 5970 was only in production for seven years until Patek Philippe released the reference 5270 housing its own, in-house perpetual calendar chronograph movement. The reference 5970 has since continued to grow in popularity amongst the collector community, and is highly sought-after today. Produced in yellow, pink, and white gold, and in platinum, yellow gold 5970Js such as the present lot had the shortest production run and are therefore the rarest of all metals produced.
    The present watch is offered for the first time at auction and remains in pristine condition. Accompanied by the original presentation box and Certificate of Origin, as well as the second caseback and pin pusher, it’s a superb example for collectors seeking completeness. This watch offers everything someone would want in a Patek Philippe including high-quality craftsmanship both in aesthetics and mechanics, as well as wearability and exclusivity.

  • 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. 5970J
A very rare and highly attractive yellow gold perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phases, accompanied by presentation box, Certificate of Origin, additional caseback and pin pusher

40mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for CHF112,500

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Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR

Geneva Auctions 12 – 13 November 2016