Reference 3444 A yellow gold automatic wristwatch, Circa 1961
A yellow gold automatic wristwatch, Circa 1961
Caliber: cal. 27-460 automatic, 30 jewels
Movement number: 1'110'903
Case: 18k yellow gold, screw down case back
Case number: 2'619'226
Closure: 18 yellow gold Patek Philippe buckle
Size: 35 mm diameter
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming date of sale on October 2, 1961
Case: The case is in overall excellent condition with minor signs of wear. Previous light polish. Some small nicks visible at certain angles but are polished out. The buckle is in equivalent condition.
Dial: The dial is in overall excellent condition. The black enamel signature and subsidiary batons are raised and attractive. The hands and indexes with very faint signs of wear.
Movement: The crown is stuck and cannot be wound - a service at the buyer's discretion is recommended. 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 3444 from Patek Philippe had a short production period, running from launch in 1960 through 1963. Some of the first examples wore the caliber 12-600, but the majority had the newer caliber 12-460 with 37 jewels, Giromax balance and massive gold rotor. It is thought that only circa 200 examples of the 3444 were made in total and almost exclusively in yellow gold. The two piece case was made by Baumgartner and featured a waterproof screw down case back with 6 holes for the opening tool along with the PP crown typical of this era Patek Philippe’s. With its 10mm thickness, stepped bezel and elongated lugs, the 3444 feels larger on the wrists than is 35mm diameter. The Stern Freres dials featured engraved enamel signature and subsidiary seconds with applied fancy lapped long applied indexes.
Of the suspected 200 examples made, only 18 have returned to the market, all cased in yellow gold.