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Details & Cataloguing

Patek Philippe
A FINE AND RARE 18K YELLOW GOLD AUTOMATIC PERPETUAL CALENDAR BRACELET WATCH WITH MOON-PHASES 1978 REF 3448/J MVT 1119563 CASE 332901
• cal. 27-460Q automatic movement stamped twice with the seal of Geneva, 37 jewels, 18k yellow gold rotor engraved with the Calatrava cross • silvered dial, applied faceted baton indexes, twin apertures for day and month in German, subsidiary dial for date combined with aperture for moon-phases • large case with polished chamfered bezel, satin finished band, sunken crown within the case, snap-on back • case, dial and movement signed • with integrated 18k yellow gold Patek Philippe mesh bracelet • Certificate, Extract from the Archives confirming sale on October 31st, 1979, presentation case
diameter 37.5 mm, length overall 190 mm
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Catalogue Note

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. Today it is favoured amongst collectors for the clean sharp lines of the case.

 

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