Reference 3417 Amagnetic Retailed by Tiffany & Co.: A stainless steel anti-magnetic wristwatch, Made in 1968
Reference 3417 Amagnetic
Retailed by Tiffany & Co.: A stainless steel anti-magnetic wristwatch, Made in 1968
Caliber: cal. 27-AM 400 mechanical, 18 jewels
Movement number: 734'495
Case: stainless steel, personally inscribed screw down case back
Case number: 2'644'350
Closure: stainless steel Patek Philippe buckle
Size: 35 mm diameter
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming the date of sale on October 7, 1968
Case: The case is in overall very good condition with minor signs of wear. Previous light polish. The lugs retain strong proportions. The case back is personally inscribed 'John H. Payne' and has light surface scratches. The crystal glazing with some surface scratches as well. The buckle with light wear.
Dial: The dial is in overall excellent condition.
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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Launched in 1958 and in production for 10 years, the reference 3417 was only produced in stainless steel across its 2 series. Designed as a tool watch for the likes of surgeons, scientists and electrical engineers, its was Patek’s first ‘Amganetic’ wristwatch and contained not just an anti-magnetic movement but also a secondary soft iron movement cover.
The current watch is the only know Ref 3417 to be double stamped by Tiffany & Co. Originally purchased by a daughter on graduation as a thank you gift to her father, the watch returned to the daughter 35 years later on his passing. She purchased the watch on the recommendation of a Tiffany and Co salesman after hearing that the father was a MAYO clinic surgeon. The watch was sold to the current and only second owner in 2018.
Accompanied by its certificate of original listing the date of manufacture as 1968 and date of sale October 7th 1968, the watch presents in exceptional condition. The case retains all its original proportions and dial is free of blemish or restoration, the Tiffany logo is crisp and the watch retains its original crown and buckle.