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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1978
    Reference No: 3605
    Movement No: 1’303’599
    Case No: 2’767’496
    Model Name: Ellipse
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 28-255C, 36 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Patek Philippe pin buckle
    Dimensions: 33mm width x 38mm length
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by undated Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin, leather folio, hang tags, instruction manual, product literature, service invoice, fitted presentation box and outer packaging. Further delivered with a Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming the date of manufacture of the present timepiece in 1978 and its subsequent date of sale on 16th January 1990.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Produced between 1971 until 1984, the present Ellipse ref. 3605 was the largest model of the linage that also has a rare feature of a date window. Inside the lean profile of the reference houses the calibre 28-255C, the very same ultra-thin movement to be used in the highly coveted Nautilus ref. 3700. Available in two metals: yellow gold and white gold, it had an estimated production of 1200 pieces with only 1/3 in white gold. The present example fitted with a sunburst blue dial with matching ellipse-shaped buckle is highly attractive and rare. With its modest dimension, the present ellipse in excellent condition wears with extreme comfort and is certainly a great addition to the collection of a discerning lady or gentleman.

  • 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. 3605
A rare, attractive and large white gold elongated oval-shaped wristwatch with date, Certificate of Origin and presentation box

1978
33mm width x 38mm length
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
HK$45,000 - 85,000 
€4,800-9,000
$5,800-10,900

Sold for HK$214,200

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XII

Hong Kong Auctions 5-6 June 2021