A very rare and fine white gold and diamond-set wristwatch with date and original certificate of origin, retailed by Beyer

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1963
    Reference No: 3445
    Movement No: 1'120'400
    Case No: 313'512
    Model Name: Monodate
    Material: 18K white gold and diamonds
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 27-460M, 37 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Patek Philippe buckle
    Dimensions: 35mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, and movement signed.
    Accessories: With original Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin signed Chronometrie Beyer and dated August 30, 1963. Further accompanied by an Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with diamond numerals in 1963 and its subsequent sale on March 8th, 1963.
    Literature: For other examples of the reference 3445 see Patek Philippe Wristwatches, Huber and Banbery, Vol. II, Second Edition, pp. 220-221.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Patek Philippe's reference 3445 was the brand's first serially produced automatic waterproof simple calendar wristwatch. Released in 1961 and manufactured until approximately 1981, it was a watch with a modern aesthetic that perfectly suited the well-dressed business man. Available in yellow, pink and white gold, as well as platinum, the case measured 35mm in diameter and was fitted with the outstanding caliber 27-460M (Monodate) featuring a date window at the 3 position. Over the ensuing years, three series were made with the first similar to the present watch, the 2nd series made in the late 1970s featuring a higher bezel to accommodate a sapphire crystal, and the third series featuring a sapphire display back. The model was also made with integrated bracelets, as well as with Stern Frères dials in silver, champagne, blue and later with grey dial with white Roman numerals.

    The present watch is a lovely and rare example with its white gold case and diamond-set numerals (heures brilliants). The exceptional original condition is further enhanced by the addition of the original Certificate of Origin which is signed and dated by Chronometrie Beyer, Zürich, August 30, 1963. The majority of the reference 3445 were produced in gold, and the white and diamond dial models are very rare, with only 4 known to date. This wristwatch is a classic and has a versatility that makes it both a formal dress watch, but also a stunning everyday watch. For collectors of both simple and complicated timepieces, this unusual and highly attractive Monodate presents a rare opportunity.

  • 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. 3445
A very rare and fine white gold and diamond-set wristwatch with date and original certificate of origin, retailed by Beyer

1963
35mm Diameter
Case, dial, and movement signed.

Estimate
$40,000 - 80,000 
CHF39,900-79,700
€34,700-69,500
HK$314,000-627,000

sold for $40,000

Contact Specialist
Paul Boutros
Head of Watches, Americas
+1 212 940 1293
pboutros@phillips.com

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