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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1991
    Reference No: 3998
    Movement No: 1'444'167
    Case No: 2'889'584
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, 310 SC, 29 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Black Patek Philippe crocodile leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold Patek Philippe folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 33.5 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin dated 25 March 1992, product literature, instruction manual and leather wallet. Furthermore delivered with Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1991 and its subsequent sale on 28 February 1992.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 3998 was in production from 1989 until 2005. The present watch features a beautiful ivory dial adorns with diamond-set numerals. Offered in well preserved condition with crisp hallmarks, the present watch is one of the unmistakable members of the iconic Calatrava collection.

  • 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. 3998
A fine yellow gold and diamond-set wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and date

1991
33.5 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$70,000 - 100,000 
€8,400-12,000
$9,000-12,500

Sold for HK$93,750

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