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    • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
      Year: 1995
      Reference No: 3970
      Movement No: 3'045'304
      Case No: 2'968'238
      Material: 18K yellow gold
      Calibre: Manual, cal. CH27-70 Q, 24 jewels
      Bracelet/Strap: Patek Philippe crocodile strap
      Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe pin buckle
      Dimensions: 36mm Diameter
      Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
      Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1995, and its subsequent sale on August 8th, 1996.

    • Catalogue Essay

      - First introduced in 1986 as a replacement of the iconic reference 2499, the Patek Philippe reference 3970 heavily maintained signature aesthetics found in the iconic perpetual calendar chronograph references 1518 and 2499. Built using the world famous Lemania 2310 as its base, the calibre CH 27-70Q was heavily modified to match Patek Philippe’s extremely high standards in terms of precision, reliability and finishing. The Patek Philippe reference 3970 is most arguably one of the brand’s most iconic watches of the modern era.

      - Produced for a total of 19 years and discontinued in 2004, it was produced in yellow gold, pink gold, white gold and platinum across a total of four series.

      - The present reference 3970 belongs to the third series (1989 – 1995) featuring a sapphire caseback, baton hands and lapidated indexes with its hallmarks present and visible on the side of the lugs, rather than behind the lugs as found on fourth series.

      - Offered in excellent overall condition, the present Patek Philippe reference 3970 in yellow gold further features crisp and deep hallmarks stamped to the outside of the top left lug and bottom right lugs further highlighting the sublime condition of the case.

    • 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. 3970
A fine and attractive yellow gold perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phases, leap year and 24-hour indication

36mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

Full Cataloguing

CHF50,000 - 100,000 

Sold for CHF88,900

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Phillips Watches Online Auction: The Geneva Sessions Fall 2023

8 - 15 September 2023