The present ref. 3970 bears a 876.XXX movement number which dates it back to 1995. Delivered with an additional sapphire-display case back, the baton hands and lapidated indexes further qualify it as a third series example.
This piece, consigned by the family of the original owner, has been preserved in excellent condition, with well-defined stepped lugs and is accompanied by a most complete set.
Similarly to its famed predecessors, the 3970E is widely appreciated by all collectors alike for its wearable proportions and the quality of its complicated movement. In 2004, Patek Philippe launched its successor, the ref. 5970, designed by Thierry Stern moments before his father handed him the reigns of the company.
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