Patek Philippe - Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE Hong Kong Monday, November 28, 2016 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 2007
    Reference No: 3970
    Movement No: 3'049'041
    Case No: 4'225'361
    Material: 18k pink gold
    Calibre: Mechanical, CH 27-70 Q, 24 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Brown Patek Philippe crocodile leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k pink 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 2007 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

    Consigned by a very important collector, this reference 3970 is one of the most exclusive examples of a 3970 available anywhere on the market today. The watch is fitted with a highly sought after tachymetre dial with Breguet numeral at 12 o'clock that is documented on the original certificate and in the photograph provided by Patek Philippe. The watch is in like new condition and is complete with all 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 pink gold perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phases, 24 hours, leap year indicator, special silvered 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$2,000,000

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