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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1989
    Reference No: 3969
    Movement No: 752'668
    Case No: 2'864'581
    Material: 18k pink gold
    Calibre: Mechanical, 215 HG, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Brown Patek Philippe crocodile leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k pink gold Patek Philippe Campaign buckle
    Dimensions: 28 mm. width
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1989 and its subsequent sale on 10 November 1989.
    Literature: For another example for a reference 3969, please see Patek Philippe Museum Patek Philippe Watches, Volume II, page 418.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Released in 1989, reference 3969 was designed to commemorate Patek Philippe's 150th anniversary. The smooth tonneau-shaped references the jump hour wristwatches that Patek Philippe original launched in the 1920's.

    Each time the minute hand rotates a full hour, the small white disk 'jumps' to the next hour, thereby giving the watch its unique name. Released in limited production, the present watch is one of 450 pieces ever produced.

  • 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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Property from the Original Owner

Σ1152

Ref. 3969
A fine and rare pink gold limited edition tonneau-shaped jump hour wristwatch, made to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Patek Philippe

1989
28 mm. width
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$160,000 - 250,000 
€19,300-30,100
$20,000-32,000

Sold for HK$200,000

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
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Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
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Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
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