Patek Philippe

Reference 3448 | A yellow gold perpetual calendar wristwatch with moon phases, Made in 1965 | 百達翡麗 | 型號3448 | 黃金萬年曆腕錶,備月相顯示,1965年製

Auction Closed

October 13, 12:47 PM GMT


950,000 - 1,450,000 HKD

Lot Details


Patek Philippe

Reference 3448

A yellow gold perpetual calendar wristwatch with moon phases, Made in 1965




Dial: silvered

Calibre: cal. 27-490 Q automatic, 37 jewels

Movement number: 1'119'028

Case: 18k yellow gold, snap on case back

Case number: 314'578

Closure: black Patek Philippe alligator strap and gilt unsigned buckle

Size: 37 mm diameter

Signed: case, dial and movement

Accessories: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1965 and its subsequent sale on 24th August 1965


A celebrated reference which epitomizes the impeccable technological prowess of Patek Phillippe as well as representing the transitional period of vintage meeting modernism, the reference 3448 crowned the most elegant perpetual calendar is a dream for all collectors. Made from approximately 1962 to 1980, the reference 3448 was an innovative technological advancement at the time as it was the first wristwatch to combine an automatic movement with the complication of a perpetual calendar. Known for it’s never aging minimalist dial design which demonstrates the perfect layout for a perpetual calendar, with 2 windows at 12 o’clock for month and date display while showcasing the moon phases and date at 6 o’clock through the leap year indication. Beside it’s perfect dial, the case designed by Antoine Gerlachis is what captures the heart of all collectors. Steered away from the standardized round case, the reference 3448 can be immediately recognized by it’s angled straight lugs that till today remains an anomaly and can hardly be found in other references. 

To the best of our knowledge, the reference 3448 available for 18 short years had only a total of approximately 536 examples made and with less than half has resurfed in the market. The present example is immensely rare as it presents a distinctive engraving of it’s reference on the side of the case which we believe may signify that this is one of the earliest known examples of the reference and may possibly be a demo watch for the maison to showcase the watch.