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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1995
    Reference No: 3998
    Movement No: 3'001'435
    Case No: 2'968'804
    Material: Platinum and sapphires
    Calibre: Automatic, 315 SC, 30 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Black Patek Philippe crocodile leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum Patek Philippe Henri Stern buckle stamped PPC
    Dimensions: 34 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with ivory-white dial and sapphires and its subsequent sale on 27 July 1996, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 3998 is seldom found in platinum and examples fitted with sapphire numerals are hardly ever seen at all. The present watch, fitted with both of these attributes, is completely confirmed by the Extract from the Archives, and is offered in excellent overall condition.

  • 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. 3998
A fine and rare platinum and sapphire-set wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and date

1995
34 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$150,000 - 250,000 

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
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Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
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Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: ONE

Hong Kong Auction 1 December 2015 11am