Patek Philippe - Geneva Watch Auction: TWO Geneva Saturday, November 7, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1979
    Reference No: 3445
    Movement No: 1'232'902
    Case No: 323.142
    Material: 18k white gold
    Calibre: Automatic, 27-460M, 37 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k white gold buckle, signed PPco
    Dimensions: 34.5 mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With original Patek Philippe certificate of origin, a registered guarantee card, instruction booklet, sales tag, leather portfolio, presentation box and outer packaging. Further accompanied by an Extract from the Archives confirming date of sale on 28th January 1987.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 3445 was the first simple calendar wristwatch manufactured by Patek Philippe. In production from 1961 to 1981, the reference was made in all precious metals and was fitted with the automatic caliber 27-460M.

    The present example made in 1979 was later sold in 1987. Encased in white gold, this watch is fitted with a silvered dial, applied white gold baton hour markers, a subsidiary dial for constant seconds at 6 o’clock and an aperture for the date at 3 o’clock.

    Offered in seemingly unused and mint condition, the present watch still retains the Patek Philippe sticker on the case-back, and is accompanied by the presentation box, tag, certificate and leather portfolio. In a world where excellence is paramount, and where perfect condition stands for excellence, this true timeless condition gem is as good as any avid collector and buyer for a reference 3445 could possibly ever hope for. The present example combines looks, exclusivity and wearability for the connoisseur of fine vintage Patek Philippe wristwatches.

  • 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. 3445
A very fine and virtually mint white gold wristwatch with date, original certificate and sales tag

34.5 mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for CHF52,500

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Geneva Watch Auction: TWO

Geneva Auction 7 & 8 November 2015 6:30pm