A fine, rare and unusual stainless steel wristwatch with guilloché dial and Certificate

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  • Condition Report

  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1971
    Reference No: 3574
    Movement No: 1'150'353
    Case No: 520'596
    Model Name: Calatrava
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 23-300PM, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Patek Philippe pin buckle
    Dimensions: 35mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Certificat D'Origine et de Garantie code-dated August 1973, numbered envelope and fitted presentation box. Furthermore delivered with Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1971 and its subsequent sale on August 16, 1973

  • Catalogue Essay

    Launched in 1970 and in production only for five years (until 1974 circa), it is estimated that the total output for reference 3574 is around 500 pieces. It was available exclusively in steel, but with different dial options: either a silvered matte dial or Calatrava-pattern engine-turned dial such as this watch.
    Only very few examples - about 20 - of this reference have resurfaced over the years, highlighting its rarity.

    The Calatrava Cross pattern dial is of course the star of the present watch, and an exquisite example of Patek Philippe understatement: a cursory glance would mistake it for a “standard” engine-turned dial. A more careful examination is needed to discern the Patek Philippe brand adorning the dial. Offered in excellent condition and still retaining its original Certificate of Origin and envelope, this timepiece is an especially enticing value proposition for the collector of rare timepieces.

  • 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. 3574
A fine, rare and unusual stainless steel wristwatch with guilloché dial and Certificate

1971
35mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
CHF10,000 - 15,000 
€9,100-13,700
$10,000-15,000

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Contact Specialist
Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East
+ 41 79 637 1724
aghotbi@phillips.com

The Geneva Watch Auction X

Geneva Auction 9-10 November 2019