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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1968
    Reference No: 3483
    Movement No: 712'340
    Case No: 2'659'668
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Mechanical, 27 SC, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Black crocodile leather strap
    Dimensions: 35 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed, dial further signed by retailer
    Accessories: With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1968 and its subsequent sale on 17 April 1968.

  • Catalogue Essay

    During the 1950's and 1960's, Calatrava style wristwatches became very popular and fashionable. At the time, watches cased in yellow, white gold and platinum were considered more valuable than their stainless steel counterparts. As such, very little were produced, and stainless steel wristwatches are today incredibly valuable due to their rarity.

    The present watch, reference 3483, was produced in stainless steel only. According to our research, around 500 examples were made. This example is preserved in very original condition and is further enhanced by its prestigious retailer's signature, Beyer, located above 6 o'clock.

  • Maker 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. 3483
A fine and rare stainless steel wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, retailed by Beyer

百達翡麗,精細及罕有,不銹鋼腕錶,配中心秒針,型號3483,由Beyer銷售,1968年製

1968
35 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed, dial further signed by retailer

Estimate
HK$120,000 - 180,000 
€14,400-21,700
$15,000-23,000

Sold for HK$150,000

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