Patek Philippe - The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI Geneva Saturday, November 5, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 2006
    Reference No: 3940P-013
    Movement No: 3'129'096
    Case No: 4'355'478
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 240, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum Patek Philippe deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 36mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin dated November 17, 2006, product literature, leather wallet, setting pin, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Officially launched in 1985, Patek Philippe’s reference 3940 was released soon after the Quartz crisis. Cased at 36mm in diameter, with a slimmer circular-shaped case, the timepiece is something completely out of the usual Patek Philippe signature design. Extremely comfortable and contemporary, the watch sits elegantly on the wrist.

    The present example of reference 3940 is fitted, and confirmed by its certificate, with an extremely captivating and rare black lacquered dial. With oversized Roman numerals and obelisk white hands, the timepiece is extremely legible, stealthy, and enchanting. The dial features a cross hair leap year indication, sunken sub dials and a two tone 24h indicator.

    Inside, the timepiece is powered by the then ultra-thin caliber 240Q, the first movement featuring a micro-rotor. Such versatility, lightness and slenderness did not compromise the movement’s exceptional reliability at all, in fact the timepiece boasts an incredible 48-hour power reserve.

    In exceptional overall condition, and complete with its full and original set of accessories, the present timepiece surely commands the attention of collectors worldwide thanks to its captivating and modern looks. Made along side the second and third series, the present watch with platinum case retains strong proportions and crisp hallmarks, rendering it a unique opportunity that even the most discerning collectors will definitely not miss.

  • 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. 3940P-013
A rare and attractive platinum perpetual calendar wristwatch with moonphases, certificate of origin and presentation box

36mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

CHF30,000 - 60,000 

Sold for CHF94,500

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI

Geneva Auction 5 - 6 November 2022