Patek Philippe - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: ONE Hong Kong Monday, November 30, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1988
    Reference No: 3886
    Movement No: 1'389'484
    Case No: 555'776
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Mechanical, 177, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Red Patek Philippe crocodile leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold Patek Philippe buckle stamped PPC
    Dimensions: 31 mm. wide
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin dated 22 June 1989. Furthermore delivered with Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with skeletonized dial in 1988 and its subsequent sale on 22 June 1989.

  • Catalogue Essay

    In the early 1980s and 1900s, Patek Philippe produced some of the finest skeleton watches on the market. The gold components were painstakingly engraved, hammered and crafted in beautiful patterns so that the movement was the highlight of the watch. Patek Philippe produced both automatic and mechanical examples, but mechanical variations such as the reference 3886 were particularly popular among watch admirers.

    Patek Philippe discontinued these types of skeletonized watches in the 1990s, reintroducing them in 2008. However, the present reference still retains popularity among collector's circles today.

  • 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. 3886
A fine yellow gold skeletonised cushion-shaped wristwatch

31 mm. wide
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$120,000 - 200,000 

Sold for HK$150,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: ONE

Hong Kong Auction 1 December 2015 11am