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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1985
    Reference No: 3450
    Movement No: 1'119'826
    Case No: 2'808'578
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 27-460Q, 37 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Patek Philippe 18k yellow gold buckle
    Dimensions: 37.5 mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Fitted with presentation box and original certificate issued by Gobbi Gioielli. Furthermore accompanied by an Extract from the Archives.

  • Catalogue Essay

    If ever one was looking for the perfect example of a Patek Philippe reference 3450, look no further. The present example is arguably the best to hit the market in absolutely mint condition, accompanied by the original presentation box and original certificate.

    Reference 3450 was first introduced to the market in 1981, with a slight upgrade in the movement from its beloved predecessor, reference 3448. Ultimately, both references were discontinued in 1985 after the launch of the reference 3940. The basis for the calibre 27-460 QB movement is Patek Philippe’s 27-460 automatic movement first introduced in 1962. The upgrade in the movement, Quantième Bissextile, includes the leap year function.

    Another noteworthy element to mention is the fact that the month and day are in Italian, wonderfully matching with the original certificate issue by Gobbi Gioielli, Milan's prestigious Patek Philippe retailer.

    Scholarship tells us that there were 244 examples made, the majority in yellow gold with only two known to the market encased in white gold. The present example is from the second series, immediately recognizable by the leap year indicator between 3 and 4 o’clock with applied baton hour markers, whereas the first series is fitted with a red disk and Arabic numerals.

    The present watch is in pristine condition, and virtually unworn. To discerning collectors, this watch in this exceptional condition, still retaining the Patek Philippe sticker on the back, accompanied by its presentation box and certificate of origin is an opportunity at an unbeatable value that rarely, if ever, presents itself.

  • 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. 3450
An exceptional and highly attractive yellow gold perpetual calendar wristwatch with original certificate

1985
37.5 mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
CHF200,000 - 400,000 

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Geneva Auction 7 & 8 November 2015 6:30pm