Patek Philippe - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: TWO Hong Kong Monday, May 30, 2016 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: Circa 1974
    Reference No: 3589
    Movement No: 1'282'321
    Case No: 521'835
    Model Name: Grande Ellipse
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, 28-255, 35 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Black Patek Philippe crocodile leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold Patek Philippe buckle
    Dimensions: 33.5 mm. width
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Patek Philippe Certificate of Identity and Guarantee of Origin dated 30 November 1974 and product literature.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Ellipse model, first introduced to the market in 1968, is one of the longest uninterrupted references at Patek Philippe. The case design is based on the divine proportion and corresponds to the ratio 1/1.6181. Fitted with a champagne dial and black Roman numerals, the case has been preserved in extremely crisp original condition.

    Fresh to the market and accompanied with its original certificate, the current watch is a great example of this reference.

  • 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. 3589
A fine yellow gold cushion-shaped wristwatch

Circa 1974
33.5 mm. width
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$50,000 - 70,000 

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: TWO

Hong Kong Auction 31 May 2016