Patek Philippe - Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE Hong Kong Monday, November 28, 2016 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 2008
    Reference No: 3970
    Movement No: 3'049'137
    Case No: 4'279'345
    Material: 18k white gold
    Calibre: Mechanical, CH 27-70 Q, 24 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Black Patek Philippe crocodile leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k white gold Patek Philippe folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 36 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin dated 11 June 2008, additional case back, setting pin and portfolio photograph of the present watch. Furthermore delivered with Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with tachymetre scale and Breguet numeral at 12 o'clock in 2008 and its subsequent sale on 10 June 2008.
    Literature: For another example of a reference 3970, however in yellow gold and with standard dial, please see Patek Philippe Geneve by Alan Banbery and Martin Huber, page 305.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Property formerly in the Collection of Eric Clapton, CBE

    Consigned by an important and prominent collector, the following three lots are an exceptional set of Patek Philippe wristwatches. Each watch is blessed with an extraordinarily rare dial, displaying a perfectly combination of mechanical complexity, dial design and exclusivity. In addition, each watch is unknown to the market and has been kept in close to brand new condition. Commissioned on special request, these tremendous watches are also complete with all original accessories.

    With striking and amazing good looks, each watch is fitted with a different colour dial that perfectly matches their respective case metals. Each dial is also blessed with a tachymetre scale and a Breguet numeral at 12 o’clock. All of these extremely rare and unusual variations are confirmed by their Certificate of Origin and illustrated beautifully on their colour portfolio photographs.

    To many collectors, references 5004 and 3970 are some of the greatest watches to be manufactured by Patek Philippe. Phillips in association with Bacs and Russo is delighted to have been trusted with their safekeeping and to present them to you at auction.

    There are many aspects that make this present white gold 3970 one of the most exclusive available on the market today. The white gold and salmon dial combination transforms the look entirely of this reference. The tachymetre dial with white gold Breguet numeral at 12 o'clock and provenance catapult to the very top of the 3970 tree. In like new condition, the watch is further highlighted by its original accessories.

  • 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. 3970
An extremely fine and important white gold perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phases, 24 hours, leap year indicator, special salmon tachymetre dial, Breguet numeral at 12 o'clock, original certificate, additional case back and fitted presentation box, formerly in the collection of Eric Clapton, CBE

36 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$1,400,000 - 3,200,000 

Sold for HK$3,560,000

Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2016