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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1990
    Reference No: 3971E "Second Series"
    Movement No: 875’***
    Case No: 2’86*'***
    Model Name: Grand Complication Perpetual Calendar Chronograph
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. CH 27-70Q, 24 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe pin buckle
    Dimensions: 36mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin, product literature, setting pin, leather folio, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

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    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. 3971E "Second Series"
From the extremely fine and rare second series ref. 3971E (E for "étanche" or "water-resistant"), for which there are believed to be less than 200 pieces produced, the present example in yellow gold is fitted with an attractive silvered dial with English day and date indication. Boasting a strong case with defined stepped lugs, the hallmarks remain perfectly intact including the Patek Philippe case maker stamp—number 28 key for Atelier Réunis. Extremely elegant, the yellow gold case has also developed a warm patina with a layer of oxidisation and an immaculate dial featuring feuille hands and rectangular markers from the earlier series. This exceptional example of Patek's highly desirable Perpetual Chronograph is accompanied by its original Certificate of Origin and accessories and is a truly alluring opportunity for lovers of an increasingly desirable reference.

36mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed