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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1971
    Reference No: 3445/6
    Movement No: 1'231'386
    Case No: 329'555
    Material: 18k white gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 27-460M, 37 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k white gold Patek Philippe integral mesh bracelet, max. length 160mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k white gold Patek Philippe clasp stamped JPE (Jean-Pierre Ecoffey)
    Dimensions: 35mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Patek Philippe presentation box. Further accompanied by a Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming the production of the present watch with sunburst metallic blue dial, applied white gold indices, and white gold bracelet in 1971 and its subsequent sale on August 10th, 1973.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The reference 3445 is a modern dress watch that perfectly fits the changing times of the 1970s. Patek Philippe released the model in 1961 as their first automatic wristwatch with date, and it was well suited for the on the go businessman. It was produced in all metals and featured numerous dial variations, as well as sold with integral bracelet or crocodile strap.

    The present example from 1971 is unknown to the market, and a rare variant featuring the metallic blue dial with sigma indication, denoting white gold numerals. Additionally it is is the only known example with a Jean-Pierre Ecoffey bracelet. In lovely overall condition even 46 years after it was produced, the case remains unpolished with crisp hallmark and textured bezel.

  • 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. 3445/6
An attractive white gold wristwatch with date and bracelet

1971
35mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$70,000 - 90,000 
€7,600-9,800
$9,000-11,000

Sold for HK$118,750

Contact Specialist
Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: FIVE

Hong Kong Auction 28 November 2017