PATEK PHILIPPE | BETA 21, REF 3597/2, LARGE YELLOW GOLD CUSHION-FORM BRACELET WATCH WITH DATE MADE IN 1974
Estimate: 9,000 - 14,000 GBP
Estimate: 9,000 - 14,000 GBP
BETA 21, REF 3597/2
LARGE YELLOW GOLD CUSHION-FORM BRACELET WATCH WITH DATE
MADE IN 1974
Dial: two-tone gilt
Caliber: cal B-21 quartz, 13 jewels
Movement number: 8'196
Case: 18ct yellow gold
Case number: 2'741'744
Closure: 18ct yellow gold Patek Philippe perforated bracelet and locking clasp
Size: 42 x 43 mm, bracelet circumference approx. 165mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin dated December 13,1975, Patek Philippe service letter dated September, 2019, Original booklet and leather service pouch
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DIAL: dial and hands in excellent overall condition. The hour markers display slight losses of black colouring, visible under strong light and magnification.
CASE: in very good overall condition with one light surface mark to the brushed case profile at 4 o'clock. The case profile hallmark remains fully legible.
MVT: running at the time of cataloguing. The date is advancing, seconds hack when the crown is pulled out.
Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of time and may need a service at the buyer's expense. Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts.
You are advised that watch straps or bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator or crocodile) are not sold with the watch and we reserve the right to remove these straps or bands prior to shipping. Furthermore, the watch may not come with its original manufacturers strap or band.
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Please note: Condition 11 of the Conditions of Business for Buyers (Online Only) is not applicable to this lot.
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During difficult times, companies are expected to think outside of the box, taking risks and implementing drastic change. The year 1969 holds such an important place in watchmaking history as it indeed saw the release of a new movement strain, with the release of the caliber Beta 21. This tremendous achievement was in fact the product of an unprecedented multi-brand cooperation, involving 20 manufacturers including Omega, Piaget or Rolex among others.
Following more than 5 years of research and development, the first two iterations of the Beta caliber were issued in 1966 and 1967 under the code names Beta-1 and -2.
The accuracy potential of the quartz movement was demonstrated by the Beta-2's victory at the 1967 Concours Chronométrique International de Neuchatel.
The Beta 21 caliber was released in 1969 and set to be produced in 6,000 examples. Despite its unparalleled accuracy of approximately 5 seconds per month, the caliber would suffer from short battery life and its use proved limited by its large 14 lines size. The highly contained overall production undeniably turned the Beta 21-equipped wristwatches into collectable testimonies of a difficult time for the industry, making them highly popular among collectors.
The present reference 3597/2 was manufactured in 1974 and subsequently sold in December 1975. In this particular variant, the typical oversized yellow gold case blends elegantly with the integrated perforated bracelet and is further accentuated by a stunning two-tone gilt dial, while the case, dial and bracelet stand in excellent condition. This example ticks all the boxes a collector would wish for. The wristwatch underwent a service at Patek Philippe London in September 2019. and is offered with its original Certificate of Origin and booklet.
It is estimated that approximately 50 examples of this configuration were ultimately manufactured by Patek Philippe, with less than 10 coming back to the auction market.