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Patek Philippe
REFERENCE 3448 YELLOW GOLD PERPETUAL CALENDAR WRISTWATCH WITH MOON-PHASES MADE IN 1973
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Patek Philippe
REFERENCE 3448 YELLOW GOLD PERPETUAL CALENDAR WRISTWATCH WITH MOON-PHASES MADE IN 1973
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Patek Philippe
REFERENCE 3448 YELLOW GOLD PERPETUAL CALENDAR WRISTWATCH WITH MOON-PHASES MADE IN 1973
Dial: silvered
Calibre: cal. 27-460 Q automatic, 37 jewels
Movement number: 1'119'257 
Case: 18ct yellow gold, snap-on back
Case number: 330'591 
Closure: black Patek Philippe alligator strap with Patek Philippe 18ct yellow gold pin buckle 
Dimensions: 37mm diameter
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming date of sale on February 19, 1973. 
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Catalogue Note

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 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 post 1972 with printed signature, straight date and pearled minute track. 

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.

This watch is therefore a rare example by any standards, but with the original gold marks still legible on the case, and with such elegant lines and enduring case design, this would be a quintessential ingredient to any important wristwatch collection.  

 

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