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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1973
    Reference No: 3604
    Movement No: 1’301’785
    Case No: 2’754’733
    Model Name: Ellipse
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 28-255 C, 36 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe Ellipse pin buckle
    Dimensions: 37mm width x 37mm length
    Signed: Case, dial and movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Further delivered with Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming its date of manufacture in 1973 and its subsequent date of sale on 26th November 1975.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Referred as the “Golden Circle”, the ref. 3604 from the Patek Philippe Ellipse collection is one of the largest produced with a case measuring 37mm width x 37mm length. Introduced in 1971, the reference was the first in the model to be powered by the reliable and slim self-winding cal. 28-255 C, which would later be used in the Nautilus ref. 3700. Manufactured only in 18K white gold or yellow gold, it is estimated that only 1,900 examples of the reference were produced from 1971 to 1980 with approximately a third of the production encased in 18K white gold. With that said, the model was available with various dial options predominantly made by dial maker Stern Frères. However, blue and brown dials were made by dial maker Singer.

    The present ref. 3604 encased in yellow gold features a brown sunburst dial made by Singer. Attractive and enhancing its vintage appeal, the dial has developed a tropicalization with various shades of brown developed naturally through age, furthermore the present example is presented with the original Ellipse style pin buckle.

  • 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. 3604
A fine yellow gold cushion-shaped wristwatch with date and “tropical” brown sunburst dial

37mm width x 37mm length
Case, dial and movement and buckle signed

HK$48,000 - 60,000 

Sold for HK$68,750

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: X

Hong Kong Auction 10 July 2020