PATEK PHILIPPE | REFERENCE 3587 'BETA 21' A RARE YELLOW GOLD CUSHION FORM BRACELET WATCH, MADE IN 1971
REFERENCE 3587 'BETA 21'
A RARE YELLOW GOLD CUSHION FORM BRACELET WATCH, MADE IN 1971
Dial: blue sunburst
Caliber: cal. b 21 quartz, 13 jewels
Movement number: 5.856
Case: 18k yellow gold, screw down case back
Case number: 2699582
Closure: 18k yellow gold Patek Philippe bracelet with clasp
Size: length 42mm, width 43 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming the date of sale on June 4th 1971 with a yellow gold bracelet
Case in overall very good condition with surface wear and scuffs consistent with age and use. Bezel with a small indentation at 5. Light previous polish in our view. Case back with more visible nicks and scratches from opening. Bracelet in good overall condition with some wear and subtle warping. Clasp with some wear and scratches.
Dial in good overall condition. Some light patina to the applied indexes and hands. Some light dust.
The battery is recommended to changed to review the movement fully. It will require periodic replacement in the future. Sotheby's may not guarantee the life of the current battery.
The movement is running at time of cataloging, however it was not tested for the accuracy of time or duration of the power reserve and may need service at the buyer's discretion. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement.
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Introduced at the Basel Fair in April 1970 the celebrated Beta-21 electroquartz movement, developed by a consortium of watch companies, including Patek Philippe at the Swiss Electronic Research Centre or CEH (Centre Electronique Horloger) in Neuchtel was the first quartz movement for wristwatches with analogue display. The first model of the series, reference 3587 such as the present watch, was launched in 1969 and later became reference 3597 in 1973. It was in production until around 1982. Reference 3603 was introduced into the market in 1972, also until around 1982.
The three models, the largest wristwatches ever produced by Patek Philippe, were available in different case, dial and bracelet colors and variations and are highly collectable timepieces.