Lot 113
  • 113

Patek Philippe

Estimate
50,000 - 80,000 GBP
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Description

  • A FINE YELLOW GOLD AUTOMATIC PERPETUAL CALENDAR WRISTWATCH WITH MOON-PHASES
    1968 REF 3448J MVT 1119094 CASE 320316 
  • DIAMETER 37 MM
• cal. 27-460Q automatic nickel lever movement stamped twice with the Geneva seal, 37 jewels, free-sprung Gyromax balance, adjusted to heat, cold, isochronism and 5 positions, 18k yellow gold signed rotor • silvered dial with applied faceted square and baton numerals, dauphine hands, pearled minute track, apertures for day and month in English, subsidiary dial indicating date combined with aperture for moon-phases • 18k yellow gold case with angular down-turned lugs, snap-on back • case, dial and movement signed • with a detachable 18k yellow gold Gay Frères bracelet and folding clasp

Catalogue Note

Accompanied by an Extract from the Archives confirming production in 1968 and sale on January 7th, 1969. Together with original Patek Philippe instructions for use in German.

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. 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.

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