Patek Philippe | Reference 3448, A possibly unique and very unusual yellow gold perpetual calendar wristwatch with moon phases and highly unusual leap year indication, Made in 1976 | 百達翡麗 | 型號3448 獨特及非常罕有黃金萬年曆腕錶，備月相及特別閏年顯示，1976年製
A possibly unique and very unusual yellow gold perpetual calendar wristwatch with moon phases and highly unusual leap year indication, Made in 1976
Calibre: cal. 27-460 Q automatic, 37 jewels
Movement number: 1'119'442
Case: 18k yellow gold, snap on case back
Case number: 332'561
Closure: brown Patek Philippe alligator strap and 18k yellow gold buckle
Size: 37.5 mm diameter
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1976 and its subsequent sale on 24th August 1976
The movement is in working condition at the time of cataloguing. All functions are working properly. The numerals with light tarnishing. There is a very slight oxidation marks to the edge of the dial under the bezel, which can be seen in limited places throughout. There is a very minor indentation in the dial to the right of the centre. There are some minor pinhead dings towards some of the edge of the case. The case with minor dings and wear that can be seen with the naked eye. The case has been polished and no hallmarks remain.
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."
This automatic perpetual calendar wristwatch reference 3448 is incredibly unusual, intriguing and potentially unique. Made in 1976, the highly unusual feature is the presence of the leap year indicator between 3 and 4 o'clock. Including this watch, only three 3448 are known with a leap year indicator. One of which features a leap year indicator that illustrates the 4th year with Calatrava Cross bearing the movement number 1'119'438 and was sold in the mid 1990s at Antiquorum. The watch had an interesting footnote at the time and stated that the watch was given to the consignor after 25 of service working at Patek Philippe. The second example is the watch we are offering and the third with movement number 1'119'459 is known with luminous dial.
Consigned by an important Asian collector, the present watch was first offered on the market at Antiquorum in 2013. The watch was sold with a property designation as Private Property from a Swiss Family and this very watch maybe one of the earliest known Patek Philippe perpetual calendar wristwatch with leap year indication.