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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1992
    Reference No: 3940J-001
    Movement No: 772'792
    Case No: 2'884'722
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 240Q, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 36mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin dated 22nd September, 1992, service documents, setting pin, instruction manual, product literature, leather folio, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    - Launched in 1985, the Patek Philippe reference 3940 is the second automatic perpetual calendar created by Patek Philippe. The slim, stepped, elegant and understated Calatrava case gives the watch a refined yet modern flair.

    - Inside, the timepiece is powered by the then ultra-thin caliber 240Q, Patek Philippe’s first movement to use 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. Measuring 36mm in diameter, the timepiece is extremely comfortable on the wrist and can be dressed up or down according to the occasion.

    - Encased in a lovely yellow gold case, the present reference 3970, retaining a sigma dial and bearing a case serial of 2'884’XXX and movement number 772'XXX, belongs to the second series, featuring a cross hair leap year indication, sunken subdials and two tone 24h indicator

    - Presented with its original Certificate of Origin and box, this second series Patek Philippe reference 3970 is offered in excellent overall condition and is a unique opportunity to own a coveted, contemporary and elegant perpetual calendar timepiece.

  • 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. 3940J-001
A rare, fine and attractive yellow gold perpetual calendar wristwatch with moon phases, leap year, 24-hour indication, certificate of origin and presentation box

36mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

CHF20,000 - 40,000 

Sold for CHF48,260

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Phillips Watches Online Auction: The Geneva Sessions Spring 2023

9 - 16 March 2023