Reference 3445 A pink gold automatic wristwatch with date, Made in 1963
A pink gold automatic wristwatch with date, Made in 1963
Caliber: cal. 27-460 M automatic, 37 jewels
Movement number: 1'120'315
Case: 18k pink gold, screw-down case back
Case number: 312'396
Closure: 18k pink gold Patek Philippe buckle
Size: 35 mm diameter
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming sale date of April 13, 1963
Case: The case is in excellent, sharp condition with only light surface wear. Previous light polish - the gold mark on the side of the case is lightly rubbed. The buckle is in equivalent condition.
Dial: The dial and hands are in excellent condition and are original.
Movement: 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.***
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The reference 3445 was Patek Philippe’s first automatic simple calendar waterproof wristwatch made in series. Released in 1961, the reference was in continues production across 3 series until 1981. The evolution of these three series were 1st Series fitted with an acrylic crystal, the 2nd series made during the late 1970s featuring a higher bezel to fit its sapphire crystal, and the 3rd series featuring a sapphire display back.
The case of the 3445 is more angular than its predeceasing reference, the 2526 and was available in all four precious metals, on integrated bracelet and strap, and supplied mainly with either silvered, blue of champagne dials. The movement, a caliber 27-460M (Monodate) is the last evolution of the caliber 12-600 found in the Ref 2526, which is often considered by many as one of the finest automatic movements ever made bar none.
The current example remains in excellent condition, with sharp and crisp 18k pink gold and fitted with a attractive silvered dial.