AQUANAUT, REFERENCE 4960
STAINLESS STEEL WRISTWATCH WITH DATE,
MADE IN 2000
Calibre: cal. E 19C quartz, 7 jewels
Movement number: 3’155’042
Case: stainless steel, screw-down back
Case number: 4’107’703
Closure: black Patek Philippe rubber strap with Patek Philippe stainless steel folding clasp
Dimensions: 28mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 145mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming date of sale on May 9, 2000, Patek Philippe service papers dated September 17, 2019, additional Patek Philippe rubber strap and leather pouch
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Please note, Condition 11 of the Conditions of Business for Buyers (Online Only) is not applicable to this lot.
DIAL: in very good condition. Hands in very good condition.
CASE: with scuffs and scratches to the bezel, particularly noticeable around 12 o'clock. With marks to both sides of the case, particularly noticeable between 9 and 10 o'clock. Folding clasp with heavy scratches.
MOVEMENT: running at time of cataloguing, date advancing
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 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).
The Patek Philippe Aquanaut introduced a more casual collection to the Geneva brand's offering, blending for the first time a rubber strap with a stainless steel or gold case. The reference 4960 was released in 1998 and available in a gold livery from 2002, before the reference was discontinued in 2007.
Fully serviced by Patek Philippe in September 2019, the present rare example was manufactured in 2000 and is offered with an Extract from the Archives confirming the date of sale on May 9, 2000, as well as one additional unworn Patek Philippe 'Composite' strap, fitted to the watch for immediate enjoyment.