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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

Estimate:

950,000 to - 1,450,000 HKD

Patek Philippe

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

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

Estimate:

950,000 to - 1,450,000 HKD

Lot sold:

1,197,000

HKD

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


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

附帶後補資料庫精粹

The movement is in working condition at the time of cataloguing. The perpetual calendar and moon phases function is working properly. The crystal with very minor signs of wear on the surface. The dial is a service replacement and was mounted circa 1980. It is in very good and original condition however the hands with light signs of wear on the surface. The bezel and band with light signs of wear are visible to the naked eye. The case back with light signs of wear throughout. The case with minor signs of polishing, however the 2 crisp hallmarks remain legible under the lugs. The unsigned gilt buckle with signs of wear throughout. The reference number is also unusually engraved to the band at 8 o'clock.


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.


Prospective bidders should review the Conditions of Business, Authenticity Guarantee, the Guide for Prospective Buyers, and any Important Notice in the sale catalogue.


"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."


**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping."


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.