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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 2001
    Reference No: 3881
    Movement No: 1'329'346
    Case No: 2'969'149
    Model Name: Ellipse Squelette
    Material: 18k yellow gold and diamonds
    Calibre: Mechanical, 177 SQ, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Black Patek Philippe crocodile leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold Patek Philippe buckle
    Dimensions: 27 mm. width
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch is set with 90 diamonds weighing 0.43 carats in 2001 and its subsequent sale on 30 November 2001.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present reference 3881, along with reference 3880, was Patek Philippe's first skeletonized wristwatch made in series.

    The present watch showcases extraordinarily rare craft of skeletonisation alongside captivating engravings that requires extreme precision and virtuosity. The outer ring is further enhanced by pavé-set diamonds, which serves to highlight the functional beauty of the mechanism.

    Presented in excellent overall condition, the aesthetic appeal and transparency of the present watch further demonstrates a degree of finesse and elegance.

  • 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. 3881
A fine and rare yellow gold and diamond-set skeletonised cushion-shaped wristwwatch

2001
27 mm. width
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$150,000 - 200,000 
€18,100-24,100
$19,000-25,000

Sold for HK$212,500

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
[email protected]

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
[email protected]

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: FOUR

Hong Kong Auction 30 May 2017