PATEK PHILIPPE | REF 3580 STAINLESS STEEL WRISTWATCH CIRCA 1975
STAINLESS STEEL WRISTWATCH
Calibre: cal. 350 automatic, 28 jewels
Movement number: 1'182'190
Case: stainless steel, screw-down back
Case number: 2'703'481
Dimensions: 35 x 40 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
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MVT: running at the time of cataloguing. The seconds hand is blocked in its rotation by the minute hand and needs to be lifted up slightly.
CASE: in good overall condition with traces of light polishing. The case retains its brushing finish with light surface wear throughout, mostly around the winding crown to the back of the watch.
DIAL: dial and hands in very good condition.
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"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports 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. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. 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.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
**Please be advised that bands 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."
The Patek Philippe reference 3580 remained in production between 1972 and 1980. The 1970s proved to be highly creative and saw the emergence of fancy-designed steel watches. As a reminder, in 1972, the Royal Oak came to life, the same year this special Patek Philippe was launched. The steel tonneau case creates a unique look, rarely associated with the ever-so-classic Patek design cues. Mechanically-wise, the watch was powered by the calibre 350 for the first series, then cal. 1350 for the second series. The main feature of this timepiece is that it is the only stainless steel back-wound wristwatch Patek has ever produced, hence the absence of a crown to the case band. The bracelet completes the bracelet watch ensemble to create the casual chic look the riches were after during the 1970s.
With less than 500 pieces ever produced and less than 20 to ever get back to the market, the present piece is surely a collectable piece of Patek Philippe history.