Property of a Private Collector, Christie's Geneva, 13th November 2001, lot 18.
Accompanied by an Extract from the Archives confirming production in 1970 and sale on August 21st the same year.
Reference 3448 was manufactured between 1962 and 1981, it was not only the first automatic perpetual calendar wristwatch made in series by Patek Philippe, but the first by any company. Only three examples of the model are known with gilt dials, one of which has luminescent numerals, consequently, only one other example is publicly recognised with the same configuration as the present lot.
As the successor to the 2497 and 2438-1, the 3448, with its more angular design, represented a departure from the classic rounded cases and lugs of previous complication references. This was a reflection of the change in wristwatch design more generally, which was altering during the 1960s and 1970s. Consequently, the 3448 forms a bridge between the vintage perpetual calendar wristwatches and the more modern examples that followed it. Today it is favoured amongst collectors for the clean sharp lines of the case. The present lot remains in outstanding condition and retains excellent definition to the case. As polishing softens the crisp linear appearance of the model, it is highly desirable to find the model in such good condition.
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