View full screen - View 1 of Lot 17. PATEK PHILIPPE | ELLIPSE, REFERENCE 3948  YELLOW GOLD WRISTWATCH  MADE IN 1987.







MADE IN 1987

Dial: white

Calibre: cal. 215 S manual winding, 18 jewels

Movement number: 1’811’353

Case: 18ct yellow gold, snap-on back

Case number: 2’847’230

Closure: black Patek Philippe alligator strap with 18ct yellow gold Patek Philippe pin buckle

Dimensions: 27mm width x 32.5mm length 

Signed: case, dial and movement

Accessories: Patek Philippe certificate of Origin, Patek Philippe Extract from the archives confirming date of sale on January 28th, 1988, sales tag and presentation case

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DIAL: dial and hands are intact

CASE: shows signs of wear with light scuffing throughout. With mild traces of case opening to the left case profile. Hallmarks are intact. Patek Philippe protective sticker to the back. 18ct yellow gold Ellipse pin buckle in excellent condition.

MOVEMENT: running at the time of cataloguing

Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of its timekeeping. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and that a service may be required at the buyer's discretion.

**The strap of this wristwatch is made from an endangered species, please refer to important notices for further information**.

Please note: Condition 11 of the Conditions of Business for Buyers (Online Only) is not applicable to this lot

The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The online condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance purposes only. The images of the lot also form part of the online condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Any reference to condition in the online condition report does not amount to a full description of condition. The online condition report may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the online condition report of the lot or shown in the online images of the lot (for example, the online condition report may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome). Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. The online condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation because Sotheby's is not a professional conservator or restorer but rather the online condition report is a statement of subjective, qualified opinion genuinely held by Sotheby's (for example, information regarding colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact by Sotheby's). Please also note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and wrist bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. In addition, certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot (for example, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades). For these reasons, the online condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. Prospective buyers should also refer to the Buying at Auction guide which includes important notices concerning the type of property in this sale. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species. Please be advised that wristbands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS (ONLINE ONLY).

For a note on the Patek Philippe Ellipse, please refer to lot 16.

The reference 3948, produced between 1982 and 1996, was the first Ellipse to feature a subsidiary seconds dial.

Dated from 1988, the present reference 3948 is powered by the hand-wound caliber 215 S. The yellow gold Favre-Perret case, still bearing the protective sticker to its back, is complemented by an understated white dial with Roman numerals, described by Patek Philippe as “Porcelain White”.

The present 18ct yellow gold Ellipse reference 3948J is further fitted with its original Patek Philippe alligator strap with 18ct yellow gold signed Ellipse buckle and comes with its Certificate of Origin, an Extract from the Archives confirming the date of sale on January 28, 1988 as well as its presentation case with the original matching sales tag.