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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1977
    Reference No: 3619
    Movement No: 739'750
    Case No: 2'757'196
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 27 HS 400, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Patek Philippe pin buckle
    Dimensions: 38mm. Width
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin dated 20 August 1987 confirming sale of the present watch with white lacquer dial, applied Breguet numerals in white gold, Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1977 with white dial and white gold Breguet numerals and its subsequent sale on 26 August 1987, wallet, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Launched in 1977, reference 3619 is a dual time wristwatch that truly showcased Patek Philippe's audacious designs from the 1970s. The horizontal cushion-shaped wristwatch was quite large for the period, recalling the design codes of the "Beta 21" launched a few years earlier. The luminous second time zone hand furthermore gave a sporty appearance to the watch.

    The present watch is a highly rare and incredibly exclusive version of reference 3619. At the time of manufacture, most examples were fitted with blue or black dials with diamond-set numerals and offered with an integrated woven bracelet.

    However, the original owner had requested an update to the present dial. Being a faithful client of Patek Philippe, he was granted his wish. The result was a white lacquer finished dial with white gold Breguet numerals, signified by the two sigma symbols flanking "Swiss" at 6 o'clock. This is furthermore confirmed by both the Certificate of Origin and Extract from the Archives - an important detail that is sure to please even the most demanding collector.

    Research shows that approximately 32 examples of reference 3619 were made in total, with approximately 13 examples known on the market.

    However, the present watch is, to the best of our knowledge, the only example fitted with a white lacquer dial and white gold Breguet numerals to have graced the auction market, highlighting its utmost rarity. It is furthermore offered as a "full set", and accompanied by its Certificate of Origin and fitted presentation box.

  • 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. 3619
A highly attractive, large and extremely rare dual time wristwatch with white lacquer dial, Breguet numerals, original certificate and fitted presentation box

38mm. Width
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF50,000 - 80,000 

Sold for CHF68,750

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The Geneva Watch Auction: SIX

Geneva Auctions 11 - 12 November 2017