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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1974
    Reference No: 3448
    Movement No: 1'119'378
    Case No: 331'538
    Material: 18k white gold
    Calibre: Automatic, 27-460 Q, 37 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Light brown Patek Philippe calf leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k white gold Patek Philippe folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 37.5 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Patek Philippe Certificate of Identity and Guarantee of Origin dated 7 February 1975, instruction manual, product literature, fitted presentation box and outer packaging. Furthermore delivered with Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1974 and its subsequent sale on 7 February 1975.
    Literature: For another example of a reference 3448, however cased in yellow gold, please see Patek Philippe Museum Patek Philippe Watches, Volume II, page 297.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 3448 was the first automatic perpetual calendar wristwatch made by Patek Philippe and was introduced in 1962. This 3448 in white gold first surfaced at public auction in 2005 and was consigned by the original owner, who purchased the watch from Patek Philippe in 1975.

    What is very interesting about this example is how the dial configuration is very different to allow for the luminous dots located above the numerals. The numerals have been positioned closer to the centre in order to allow space for the luminous dots, giving the dial a completely different look to the standard dial configurations. The case is without question unpolished and the presence of the original accessories renders this highly important example in outstanding original 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. 3448
An extremely fine and incredibly rare white gold perpetual calendar wristwatch with moon phases, luminous indexes and hands, original certificate and fitted presentation box

37.5 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$2,400,000 - 4,000,000 

Sold for HK$4,040,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: FOUR

Hong Kong Auction 30 May 2017