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Patek Philippe
A VERY RARE AND IMPORTANT YELLOW GOLD AUTOMATIC PERPETUAL CALENDAR MINUTE REPEATING WRISTWATCH WITH MOON-PHASES REF 3974 MVT 1906038 CASE 2867135 MADE IN 1991
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344
Patek Philippe
A VERY RARE AND IMPORTANT YELLOW GOLD AUTOMATIC PERPETUAL CALENDAR MINUTE REPEATING WRISTWATCH WITH MOON-PHASES REF 3974 MVT 1906038 CASE 2867135 MADE IN 1991
ACCÉDER AU LOT

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Patek Philippe
A VERY RARE AND IMPORTANT YELLOW GOLD AUTOMATIC PERPETUAL CALENDAR MINUTE REPEATING WRISTWATCH WITH MOON-PHASES REF 3974 MVT 1906038 CASE 2867135 MADE IN 1991
• cal. R27Q automatic nickel lever movement, Gyromax balance, stamped with the seal of Geneva, 39 jewels, 22k gold engraved mini rotor with inscription, two polished steel hammers repeating on two gongs, revolving repetition governor under pierced Calatrava cross • silvered dial, applied gold faceted baton numerals, three subsidiary dials for day combined with 24-hour indicator, month with leap year indication and date with aperture for moon phase • 18k yellow gold large circular case with rounded bezel and sapphire crystal display case back, stepped lugs, sunken repetition slide • case, dial and movement signed, case stamped JPH for Jean-Pierre Hagmann
diameter 36 mm
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With an Extract from the Archives confirming sale on June 27th 1991.

Description

The present watch offered at auction is distinguished by a repetition chime of exceptional sound quality. The reference 3974 is one of the most mechanically complicated wristwatches produced by Patek Philippe. With 467 parts, the movement measures just 28mm. in diameter and 6.8mm in height. The case of the present Ref. 3974 was made for Patek Philippe by the celebrated Jean-Pierre Hagmann, whose case maker’s mark, JHP, is stamped to the bottom right lug. Details of the movement and under-dial are shown in Huber, M., & Banbery, A., Patek Philippe, Wristwatches, Second Edition, p.325.

Interestingly the 3974 is the one model that Reginald ‘Pete’ Fullerton (the grandson of Henry Graves – see following lot no.345) was unable to secure. Having determined to assemble a collection showcasing the finest example of each and every Patek Philippe perpetual calendar ever made, Fullerton wrote to Patek Philippe on August 29th, 1988:

“I noticed a picture of a wristwatch to be made in 1988 and numbered 3974. Obviously you are holding out on me. What can you tell me about this little gem? The ghost of Henry Graves, Jr. tells me to look into this matter.”

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