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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1996
    Reference No: 3979
    Movement No: 1'904'063
    Case No: 2'947'062
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. R 27 PS aut., 39 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum Patek Philippe Officier-style buckle
    Dimensions: 33mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Further accompanied by Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin dated May 4, 1998, additional hard back, Patek Philippe presentation box and leather envelop with product literature. Further accompanied by Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1996 and its subsequent sale on 28th April 1998.
    Literature: The reference 3979 is illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second edition, p. 320

  • Catalogue Essay

    Commemorative and special limited edition wristwatches celebrating a brand’s milestone are today common occurrences, however over 30 years ago when Patek Philippe issued a collection of timepieces for their 150th anniversary it was a novel concept. From this new collection came two important complicated watches, the references 3979 and 3974, their minute repeating and minute repeating perpetual calendar watches respectively, each with a Patek Philippe first, an automatic minute repeating movement. The reference 3979 was sold with an enamel dial reminiscent of their traditional past and pocket watches. Produced from 1989 until 2002, approximately 100 examples were made, with the majority in yellow gold, approximately a dozen in pink and white gold together, and another approximately dozen in platinum.

    Modelled after the reference 2524/1 from the mid-20th century, the Ateliers Réunis case measures 33mm in diameter, and while small by today’s standards, it is a design that is classic, understated and perfectly suited for a watch as important as a Patek Philippe minute repeater. The brand has produced repeating watches throughout their prestigious history, from repeating pocket watches of the 19th century when the only means to tell time at night in a darkened room was to hear the chime, to their first repeating wristwatch a cushion-shaped watch with a caliber 10’’’ movement from 1924. Throughout the 20th century Patek Philippe released new more technically advanced repeating models, however it was not until their 1989 release that the minute repeating wristwatch came in to its own. Today, there is a long line of exemplary timepieces from the last three decades with references like the 3939 and 5013 issued in 1992, to the 5016 launched the following year, and the present day with the reference 5316. All of these complicated timepieces demonstrate the rich history and high quality workmanship from the brand, and make these watches some of the most collectable amongst connoisseurs of fine horology.

    The present example is one of five known to the market and is in excellent overall condition and accompanied by its original certificate of origin and additional solid caseback. With a loud and clear tone, it is a testament to Patek Philippe’s history and tradition, and a watch that makes a wonderful addition to any 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. 3979
A very rare and extremely fine platinum minute repeating wristwatch with enamel dial, Certificate of Origin and additional solid caseback

百達翡麗,型號3979,極度精細十分重要罕有,鉑金自動三問腕錶,備琺瑯錶盤,1996年製。附原裝證書、錶盒、備用底蓋、配件 1989年,百達翡麗為慶祝歷史性的150周年,發表了一系列的紀念錶款,其中包括首次搭載自動機芯的三問報時系列腕錶:型號3979是百達翡麗史上第一枚的自動上弦三問琺瑯腕錶、型號3974是第一枚自動機芯三問萬年曆腕錶,兩個錶款同為機芯升級研發的里程碑,在百達翡麗的製錶歷史中,寫下極為重要的頁章。 百年的腕錶發展史之中,三問報時逐漸由傳統的懷錶發展至手錶上,33毫米錶徑被許多人士認為是最優雅的三問腕錶尺寸,經典的百達翡麗型號3939和3979同樣都配置33毫米的錶殼。據研究資料顯示,型號3979的發行數量總共約100枚,其中多數為黃金版本,玫瑰金、白金、和鉑金版本各有12枚。本型號身為古董三問錶款2524/1型號的後繼錶款,兼具傳統工藝與現代美學,罕有難得、極具收藏價值。 連同本次拍件,鉑金版本的型號3979,根據公開資料顯示僅出現過5枚,十分稀少。富藝斯非常榮幸受藏家委託,呈獻本枚品相優良、配件齊全的自動三問琺瑯腕錶,享富盛名的雙簧報時系統、 與細膩典雅的琺瑯錶盤,各處細節都呈現百達翡麗的頂級製錶美學。

33mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

HK$2,900,000 - 4,000,000 

Sold for HK$3,437,500

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