Lot 222
  • 222

Patek Philippe

200,000 - 250,000 CHF
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  • diameter 38 mm
• cal. 27-460Q automatic damascened nickel lever movement stamped twice with the seal of Geneva, 37 jewels, 18k gold rotor • silvered dial, applied faceted baton numerals, apertures for day, month and with Arabic leap year indication, subsidiary dial for date combined with moon-phases • chamfered bezel, faceted lugs, snap back • case, dial and movement signedPatek Philippe folding buckle • Extract from the Archives confirming sale on 22 June 1982, Certificate of Origin, presentation case, red plastic pouch for leaflet, Gobbi Milano original invoice.


This is an extremely fine example of this reference. The movement is running and the calendar is advancing correctly. Dial is in perfect condition. The case is in excellent condition, retaining the original satin finish and has very clear hallmarks to the band. The lugs are sharp and beautifully profiled. This watch appears to have never been used and is a true rarity.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping.

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Sotheby's cannot arrange for the delivery of Rolex watches to the United States because U.S. laws restricts the import of Rolex watches. The buyer or a designated agent may collect the property in the country of sale."

Catalogue Note

Production of reference 3450 began in 1981 and ceased in 1985. It appears that in total just 244 pieces were made. As the successor to reference 3448, the cases of the two references are slightly different. Manufactured by different case makers, the 3450 has a thicker bezel and sapphire crystal. In addition, the reference 3450's snap case back is some 2mm smaller than that of the reference 3448.
For an example of this reference, see Huber & Banbery, Patek Philippe Wristwatches, Vol. 2, Second Edition, p.290, pl.499a.

It is extremely rare to find a reference 3450 from the original owner accompanied by all its documents. The watch appears to have been untouched over the last 25 years and is in outstanding condition.