PATEK PHILIPPE | CALATRAVA, REFERENCE 3998R, LIMITED EDITION PINK GOLD WRISTWATCH WITH DATE MADE FOR THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF GARRARD, MADE IN 1993
6,000 - 8,000 GBP
6,000 - 8,000 GBP
CALATRAVA, REFERENCE 3998R
LIMITED EDITION PINK GOLD WRISTWATCH WITH DATE MADE FOR THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF GARRARD,
MADE IN 1993
Calibre: cal. 315 SC automatic, 29 jewels
Movement number: 1'912'480
Case: 18ct pink gold, screw-down sapphire crystal display back
Case number: 2'946'750, limited edition 109/150
Closure: pink metal pin buckle with unsigned black alligator strap
Dimensions: 33.5mm diameter
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming sale date on October 27, 1993
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DIAL: in overall good condition. Hands and indexes with minor signs of oxidation and minor scuffs.
CASE: with scuffs and marks throughout, mainly to the bezel and case bands. With a minor dent to the caseband at 8:30. There is a larger scuff between the lugs around 11 o'clock. Hallmarks to the caseband remain legible and well defined, hallmarks between the lugs at 6 o'clock are clearly defined and legible.
MOVEMENT: running at the 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.
**Please be advised that the bands on this watch are made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) and thus not sold with the watch, they are for display purposes only. We will remove these bands prior to international shipping.***
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The Patek Philippe Calatrava reference 3998 had a long production life. It was indeed introduced in 1989 and available in yellow, rose, white gold and platinum until the reference was discontinued in 2005. The model has seen several improvements over its 17-year tenure, initially encasing the calibre 310 SC within the first series of production, spanning from 1989 to 1993. The second series would be produced until 1996 and rely on the new calibre 315 SC 130 before the third series introduced the latest evolution of the same calibre.
The present very rare example is part of a limited edition of 150 pink gold only pieces delivered in 1993 to Garrard, a London long-term retailer, to celebrate their 150th anniversary. The specific Stern Créations pink dial is elegantly adorned with matching gold Breguet numerals and unique pink gold hands, immediately associating the 3998’s aesthetics to the rich Calatrava lineage.
Its two-piece 33mm pink gold case was manufactured by Ateliers Réunis, a Geneva-based casemaker. It furthermore encases the then newly introduced calibre 315 SC (130) which is displayed through a see-through caseback personalised for Garrard.
According to literature, only a mere dozen of the 150 pieces have come back to the market so far. The present collectible wristwatch stands in attractive condition and is offered with an Extract from the Archives, confirming the date of sale on October 27, 1993.