The reference 3971 was launched in 1986 alongside its more commonly known sister reference 3970. Models from the first series were equipped with sapphire crystal display snap-on backs. At the end of 1987, the second series with screw-down display backs replaced the existing version. The present lot is from this series, also known as reference 3971E, which stands for 'étanche' the French for waterproof. Already in 1990, the reference 3971 was rendered obsolete by the availability of the 3rd series 3970 with two backs. Having been in production only for a few years it is much rarer than its sibling reference.
The particular model being offered comes in pink gold, representing only a small percentage of the overall production. What makes this exceptional piece very desirable for collectors is the Tiffany & Co. signature on the dial. A very rare feature, it is even more seldom to find it on a pink gold example.
Retained in extremely crisp and well preserved condition the lugs are nicely fluted and the case retains very strong hallmarks to the outsides of the lugs.