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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 2003
    Reference No: 3939HP
    Movement No: 1'903'058
    Case No: 4'162'779
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Mechanical, RTO 27 PS, 28 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Patek Philippe crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum Patek Philippe Campaign buckle stamped PPC
    Dimensions: 33 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin dated 8 January 2003, Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres Watch Rate Certificate, additional case back, product literature, instruction manual, leather wallet, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Patek Philippe’s reference 3939 is one of the most complicated and sought-after creations from Patek Philippe. Housed in a platinum case, its timeless design with flared lugs are a modern reinterpretation of Patek Philippe's minute repeating wristwatches from the mid-20th century. Beautifully proportioned, it was a technical feat to design and produce a movement of such complexity to fit within it's 33 mm case diameter.

    The movement, calibre RTO 27 PS consists of 336 minuscule parts, incorporates two of the most coveted complications, the minute repeater and the tourbillon. The minute repeating mechanism repeats in phase with unparalleled resonance and exquisite tone of the minute repeating chime. Reference 3939HP features an enamel dial with Breguet numerals, is a perfect modern example of Patek Philippe’s timeless sophisticated technical achievement.

    Research shows that approximately 65 pieces were made in platinum and only a handful of examples has returned to the market. Coming from the original owner, the present lot, in like new condition, is complete with all accessories and fresh to the market.

  • 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. 3939HP
An extremely rare and highly important platinum minute repeating tourbillon wristwatch with enamel dial, Breguet numerals, original certificate, additional case back and fitted presentation box

33 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$2,400,000 - 4,000,000 

Sold for HK$2,860,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SIX

Hong Kong Auction 29 May 2018