Lot 222
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PATEK PHILIPPE | REF 3970EA RARE PINK GOLD PERPETUAL CALENDAR CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH MADE IN 1990

Estimate
80,000 - 120,000 USD
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Description

  • Patek Philippe
  • REF 3970EA RARE PINK GOLD PERPETUAL CALENDAR CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH MADE IN 1990
Dial: silvered, day and month in ItalianCaliber: cal. CH27-70 Q manual winding movement, 24 jewelsMovement number: 875609Case: 18k pink gold, solid screw down case backCase number: 2881770Size: diameter 36 mmSigned: case, dial and movementAccessories: Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin and Extract from the Archives confirming the date of sale on September 3, 1990 with an 18k pink gold case with pink gold indexes, bi fold and booklets

Catalogue Note

Patek Philippe launched this model Ref. 3970 in 1986 and continued production for approximately two years. It features a solid snap-on case back. It was replaced with Ref. 3970E, which had a screw back rather than a snap back, with the suffix indicating étanche, or waterproof. This screw back model was produced until 2004. According to our research, Patek Philippe produced about 650 second series models in yellow, white, and pink gold, and platinum. Of this total number, only 60 pieces are said to have been manufactured in pink gold, with only 24 pieces known to the market today. Indeed, pink gold is the rarest case color across all the series of this reference, making the present lot a particularly rare find for collectors. 

The model was created following the success of the exceptional and iconic Ref. 2499. One main difference between the two models is the addition of the leap year indicator to the 3 o'clock subsidiary dial and 24-hour indicator to the 9 o'clock subsidiary dial. The general design of the case of Ref. 3970/3970E, with its down turned, fluted lugs, is clearly influenced by the form of iconic Ref. 2499.

As the Ref. 3970 was extremely well received in the market, Patek Philippe began increasing its production run during its last years of production, making an early model such as the present lot more remarkable today. 

This reference and caliber are illustrated in Huber, M. & Banbery, A., Patek Philippe Watches, Vol. 2, Second Edition, pp. 305.

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