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RETAILED BY TIFFANY & CO: REF 3971E PINK GOLD PERPETUAL CALENDAR CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES, 24-HOUR AND LEAP-YEAR INDICATION MADE IN 1989
Dial: silvered
Calibre: cal. CH27-70 Q manual winding, 24 jewels
Movement number: 875'360
Case: 18k pink gold, screw-down sapphire crystal display back
Case number: 2'855'579
Closure: 18k Patek Philippe buckle
Dimensions: 36mm
Signed: dial and movement
Accessories: Patek Philippe presentation case and Extract from the Archives confirming date of sale on June 22nd, 1989
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Catalogue Note

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.

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