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Patek Philippe
A VERY FINE YELLOW GOLD PERPETUAL CALENDAR CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES, REGISTERS, 24 HOUR AND LEAP YEAR INDICATION  REF 3970 MVT 3047011 CASE 4225179 MADE IN 2003
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PROPERTY FROM A NORTHEASTERN PRIVATE COLLECTOR

Patek Philippe
A VERY FINE YELLOW GOLD PERPETUAL CALENDAR CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES, REGISTERS, 24 HOUR AND LEAP YEAR INDICATION  REF 3970 MVT 3047011 CASE 4225179 MADE IN 2003
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Patek Philippe
A VERY FINE YELLOW GOLD PERPETUAL CALENDAR CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES, REGISTERS, 24 HOUR AND LEAP YEAR INDICATION  REF 3970 MVT 3047011 CASE 4225179 MADE IN 2003
• cal. 27-70 nickel lever movement stamped with the Seal of Geneva, 24 jewels, Gyromax balance • silvered dial, applied gold baton indexes, outer minute track with 1/5 seconds division, subsidiary dials for constant seconds combined with 24-hour indication, 30-minute register combined with leap year indication and date combined with moon phases, twin apertures at 12 for day and month • 18k yellow gold case, screw down sapphire crystal display back • case, dial and movement signed • with an 18k yellow gold Patek Philippe folding clasp

diameter 37 mm
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Catalogue Note

Accompanied by a spare solid case back, setting pin, presentation box, Certificate of Origin, instruction manual and 2 booklets. Also with an Extract from the Archives confirming date of sale on November 6th, 2003. 

Ref. 3970 was created following the success of the exceptional and iconic Ref. 2499. The design of the case of Ref. 3970, with its down-turned, fluted lugs, is clearly influenced by the form of the Ref. 2499.  One main difference between the two models is the addition of the leap year indicator to the 3 o'clock subsidiary dial and 24-hour indicator to the 9 o'clock subsidiary dial.

Patek Philippe first launched the Ref. 3970 in 1986 with a snap on case back. Two years into production, Patek Philippe modified the design to a screw-down water resistant type case back. The present lot is a Ref. 3970E (E for Etanche or water-resistant) which was produced in yellow, white, rose gold, and platinum. Production continued until 2004. Over the course of its production, the model underwent subtle design updates. The present example belongs to the fourth series of the model.     

Ref. 3970 is illustrated in Huber, M. & Banbery, A. Patek Philippe, Vol. II, Second Edition, p. 305.

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