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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1992
    Reference No: 3970/2
    Movement No: 876'300
    Case No: 2'896'084
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Mechanical, CH 27-70 Q, 24 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k yellow gold Patek Philippe bracelet, 170 mm. maximum length
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold Patek Philippe folding clasp stamped PPC
    Dimensions: 36 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with silvery opaline-white dial and sword-shaped indexes in white gold in 1992 and its subsequent sale on 12 January 1993.
    Provenance: Property from A Very Important Collector

  • Provenance

    Property from A Very Important Collector

  • Catalogue Essay

    Preserved in excellent overall condition and manufactured in 1992, this 3970 bracelet watch is very rare. Only a handful of examples are known of the yellow gold 3970/2.

    The 3970 was first introduced in 1986and was discontinued in 2004, this example, fitted with an integrated gold Patek Philippe bracelet, is a very appealing example with very crisp case and immaculate dial.

  • 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. 3970/2
A fine yellow gold perpetual calendar chronograph bracelet watch with moon phases, 24 hours and leap year indicator

1992
36 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$580,000 - 800,000 

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

Hong Kong Auction 1 December 2015 11am