In 1962, Patek Phillipe launched the Reference 3448, the world's first self-winding perpetual calendar wristwatch. It was innovative not only thanks to the technical achievements of the watch, but it was also elegantly presented in what was then a very oversized and slim case, made by Antoine Gerlach. The present watch has the correct first series case with a flatter bezel, the plexiglass giving a more vintage look to the piece and the Calatrava cross crown which replaced the PP crown in 1965.
The very well-preserved dial is typical of the production after 1972 with printed signature and straight date.
According to our research, there were less than 600 examples manufactured in total, including 450 pieces in yellow gold, until its discontinuation in 1981 when the 3450 with leap-year indication was introduced to the market.
The present lot is a rare example by any standards and with such elegant lines and enduring case design, it would be a quintessential addition to any important wristwatch collection.