A fine, unusual and rare yellow gold, lapis lazuli and diamond-set wristwatch

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  • Condition Report

  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: Circa 1979
    Reference No: 3727/12J
    Movement No: 1’390’972
    Case No: 2’770’276
    Material: 18K yellow gold, lapis lazuli and diamonds
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 16-250, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe Henri Stern pin buckle
    Dimensions: 30mm width x 32mm length
    Signed: Dial, case, movement and buckle

  • Catalogue Essay

    Witnessed on ancient sculptures and jewels of the Egyptian empire. Lapis lazuli is a semi-precious stone with a rich royal blue hue and further identifiable by its glistering gold flakes. Measuring a mere 5 – 5.5 on the MOHS hardness scale, lapis lazuli is by far not the hardest precious stone on the scale, which makes it incredibly hard to execute the perfect cut.

    The present example is a lovely and impressive 18K yellow gold, lapis lazuli and diamond-set wristwatch by Patek Philippe from the late 1970’s.

  • Maker Bio

    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. 3727/12J
A fine, unusual and rare yellow gold, lapis lazuli and diamond-set wristwatch

百達翡麗,型號3727/12J,獨特罕有,18K黃金鑲鑽腕錶,備青金石錶盤,約1979年製。附後補證書

Circa 1979
30mm width x 32mm length
Dial, case, movement and buckle

Estimate
HK$120,000 - 180,000 
€13,800-20,700
$15,400-23,100

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Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
thomasperazzi@phillips.com
+852 2318 2030

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE

Hong Kong Auction 25-26 November 2019