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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1968
    Reference No: 3466
    Movement No: 1'116'099
    Case No: 2'662'623
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 27-460, 37 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle
    Dimensions: 35mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1968 and its subsequent sale on April 19, 1968

  • Catalogue Essay

    First introduced to the market in 1962, reference 3466 remained in production for approximately ten years before it was discontinued in the early 1970s. Cased in stainless steel, the model was a sporty and technical alternative to its time-only siblings dressed in precious metal. Stainless steel is much rarer compared to yellow gold in Patek Philippe's mid-century production.

    Preserved in excellent condition, the stainless steel case is preserved in excellent condition, displaying bold proportions. Furthermore, the watch features a charismatic silvered dial that has turned an even and strong ivory tone. As an even nicer touch, the dial display the signature of Huber, the famed watch retailer in Liechtenstein. To date, the present watch is the only known reference 3644 to bear the signature of Huber. In addition, the back of the lug is engraved with what is most likely the inventory number of the retailer.

  • 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. 3466
A rare and attractive stainless steel wristwatch, retailed by Huber

1968
35mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF15,000 - 25,000 
€13,900-23,200
$16,300-27,200

Sold for CHF25,200

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Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East

41 79 637 1724
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The Geneva Watch Auction: XII

Geneva Auction 6 - 7 November 2020