Patek Philippe - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SEVEN Hong Kong Monday, November 26, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1995
    Reference No: 3878
    Movement No: 1'239'352
    Case No: 2'974'868
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 240 SQ, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold Patek Philippe buckle
    Dimensions: 31mm diameter
    Signed: Case and movement signed
    Accessories: With Patek Philippe leather watch pouch. Further accompanied with Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1995 and its subsequent sale on June 14th, 1995.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Released in 1981 and discontinued in 1998, Patek Philippe’s reference 3878 is an intriguing timepiece, for while it is a dress watch it is also a work of art. The intricately engraved ultrathin automatic movement is beguiling. This was Patek Philippe’s first self-winding skeletonized wristwatch and was difficult to manufacture due to the ultrathin movement and the sapphire crystals. Approximately 500 examples of the reference 3878 were manufactured.

    Fresh to the market, the present skeletonized wristwatch from 1995 is in extremely well-preserved condition and was serviced by Patek Philippe in March 2018. The skeletonized wristwatch has a distinct look and place in time, and today fits with the nostalgia for the retro look.

  • 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. 3878
A very rare and attractive yellow gold skeletonized wristwatch

31mm diameter
Case and movement signed

HK$200,000 - 360,000 

Sold for HK$362,500

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SEVEN

Hong Kong Auction 27 November 2018