PATEK PHILIPPE | REF 3960 150th ANNIVERSARY OFFICIER, A LIMITED EDITION YELLOW GOLD WRISTWATCH MADE IN 1989
REF 3960 150th ANNIVERSARY OFFICIER
A LIMITED EDITION YELLOW GOLD WRISTWATCH MADE IN 1989
Dial: porcelain white
Caliber: cal. 215 manual winding movement, 18 jewels
Movement number: 768316
Case: 18k yellow gold, hinged case back, snap on inner dust cover
Case number: 2863228
Closure: 18k yellow gold Patek Philippe buckle
Size: diameter 34 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Patek Philippe presentation box with outer packaging, Certificate of Origin, Attestation, and Republic and Canton of Geneva Certificate of Origin, and bi fold. Together with an Extract from the Archives confirming the date of sale on June 29, 1989, with dust cover with movement number and text commemorating the 150th anniversary of Patek Philippe.
Please note that the outer packaging of the presentation box is with age and some damage.
Case in very good overall condition with light surface wear and patina throughout. Case back with some surface scuffing. Gold marks to lug bands are crisp. Interior snap on cuvette is with some surface scuffing. Buckle with equivalent wear.
Dial in very good condition with some light dust.
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.
**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 and the state of California.***
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).
Ref. 3960 was designed and made to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Patek Philippe in 1989. The 'Officier' was part of a series of limited edition watches marking the occasion and the first time Patek Philippe made limited edition pieces.
Patek Philippe produced 2200 examples of this model in different gold finishes. A similar example is illustrated in M. Huber & A. Banbery, Patek Philippe, Wristwatches, Vol. 2 Second Edition, page 123.