Reference 3424 A yellow gold asymmetrical wristwatch, designed by Gilbert Albert, Circa 1962
A yellow gold asymmetrical wristwatch, designed by Gilbert Albert, Circa 1962
Caliber: cal. 8'''85 mechanical, 18 jewels
Movement number: 857'553
Case: 18k yellow gold, snap on case back
Case number: 2'622'904
Closure: 18k yellow gold Patek Philippe buckle
Size: 39 x 27 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Patek Philippe service box, service leather pouch, service papers and service hang tag
Case: The case is in overall excellent condition with previous light polish. The gold mark on the side of the case is rubbed. The case back with residue.
Dial: The dial is in overall excellent condition. Dial and hands likely cleaned.
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.
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In 1955, Patek Philippe teamed up with an unlikely designer. Gilbert Albert was a Geneva based jeweler aged only 25 years old when he joined the Patek Philippe design team. A talented artist as well as jeweler, Albert was inspired by the works by Brancusi and Mondrian and incorporated their works into his avant-garde designs. Probably the most recognizable, iconic and popular of his designs for Patek is his asymmetrically cased reference 3424. It’s an icon of 20th century design, both unconventional and elegant and as fresh today as it was when first launched at the Basel Fair in 1959.
It is thought that only circa 90 were produced in yellow gold, 30 in pink, 18 in white gold and 24 in platinum. The stunning cases to the watches was made by Markowski (Geneva Key 8) and housed a caliber 8”’85, 18 jeweled manual wound movement. The majority wore a Stern Freres made dial, constructed from gold with satin silvered finish with sector indexes.
The current watch presents in excellent condition and is accompanied by its Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming the date of sale on May 15, 1962