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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1989
    Reference No: 3941
    Movement No: 771’869
    Case No: 2’859’476
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 240Q, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe pin buckle
    Dimensions: 36mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Delivered with a Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming its date of manufacture in 1989 and its subsequent date of sale on 16th January 1990.

  • Catalogue Essay

    With an established heritage of producing the finest perpetual calendar wristwatches, Patek Philippe was indeed the pioneer of the world’s very first serially produced self-winding perpetual calendar wristwatch via the ref. 3448 in 1962. Discontinued in 1985, Patek Philippe introduced another yet important self-winding perpetual calendar wristwatch, the ref. 3940 and 3941 the following year.

    Differing from its previous reference, the ref. 3940 and 3941 featured Patek Philippe’s newly developed cal. 240Q with a micro rotor enabling a much slimmer Calatrava style case. Furthermore, early examples of the ref. 3940’s were fitted with solid casebacks and in conjunction the firm launched the ref. 3941 featuring for the first time a display caseback. Produced only until 1990, the ref. 3941 is indeed a rare timepiece with only approximately 35 examples reappeared in the market since its launch. Regarded as one of the most important timepieces by the firm from the 1980’s the ref. 3940 was the timepiece worn by former CEO of Patek Philippe, Mr. Philippe Stern.

    The present example Patek Philippe ref. 3941 in yellow gold from 1989 is offered in attractive overall condition boasting an unpolished case with crisp hallmarks. Confirmed by an Extract from the Archives by Patek Philippe, the present example is certainly a rare treat for collectors seeking for a perpetual calendar wristwatch.

  • 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. 3941
A very fine and rare yellow gold perpetual calendar wristwatch with moon phases, 24-Hour and leap year indication

1989
36mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
HK$160,000 - 260,000 
€17,200-28,000
$20,500-33,300

Sold for HK$403,200

Contact Specialist

Hin Hin Wong

Associate Specialist, 20th Century & Contemporary Art, Hong Kong

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Thomas Perazzi

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Charlene Lau

Head of Jewels, Hong Kong

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