Patek Philippe - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XVII Hong Kong Friday, November 24, 2023 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1963
    Reference No: 3466
    Movement No: 1’113’029
    Case No: 2’627’020
    Model Name: Calatrava
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 27-460, 37 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Patek Philippe pin buckle
    Dimensions: 35mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by additional leather strap. Delivered with Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming the present timepiece’s date of manufacture in 1963 and its subsequent date of sale on 27th March 1963.

  • Catalogue Essay

    There's an alluring air of casual sophistication around vintage Patek Philippe, and this 1963 ref. 3466 delivers it in spades. First introduced in 1962, ref. 3466 remained in production for approximately ten years before being discontinued in the early 1970s. Housed in a water-resistant stainless steel case, the model was a sportier, more casual alternative to Patek Philippe's precious metal timepieces. Compared to gold, stainless steel was a far rarer offering in Patek's mid-century productions.

    The present example evokes mid-century nonchalance with its sunburst silver dial and understated beaded minute track. The 35mm case is timelessly modern in diameter, and wonderfully crisp given its nearly 60 years of age. But housed within that sleek steel case is the revered cal. 27-460 automatic movement in gleaming 18k yellow gold rotor. Connoisseurs consider it to be one of the finest automatic movements ever created before it was discontinued in the 1980s.

    Accompanied by its Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives, this rare ref. 3466 is most certainly a keeper in any collection. Its well-preserved combo of sporty steel and timeless elegance makes it the perfect vintage choice for the modern gentleman looking to add a touch of understated charm on his wrist.

  • 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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Property from an Important Asian Collector


Ref. 3466
A sleek, attractive and well preserved stainless steel wristwatch with small seconds

35mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

HK$100,000 - 200,000 

Sold for HK$165,100

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XVII

Hong Kong Auction 24-25 November 2023