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    Sale 2041

    Important Watches

    12 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 75

    PATEK PHILIPPE. A FINE 18K GOLD PERPETUAL CALENDAR CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, MOVEMENT NO. 3045519, CASE NO. 2968248, REF. 3970, MANUFACTURED IN 1996

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    PATEK PHILIPPE. A FINE 18K GOLD PERPETUAL CALENDAR CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES
    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, MOVEMENT NO. 3045519, CASE NO. 2968248, REF. 3970, MANUFACTURED IN 1996
    Cal. 27-70 nickel-finished lever movement stamped with the Geneva seal, 24 jewels, free-sprung gyromax balance, silvered matte dial, applied baton numerals, apertures for day and month below 12 o'clock, three subsidiary dials for constant seconds with 24 hour indication, 30 minute register with leap year indication, and date with moon phases, circular water-resistant-type case, concave bezel, down-turned stepped lugs, sapphire crystal display screw back, case, dial and movement signed, 18k gold Patek Philippe buckle
    36mm diam.


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    With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1996 and its subsequent sale on December 13th of the same year.

    To the best of our knowledge the present watch has never before been offered in public.

    Patek Philippe introduced the reference 3970 in 1986. The model was available in yellow, white and pink gold and platinum. It was produced in four series with the following configuration:
    - 1st series: snap-on full back, gold applied baton hour markers, feuille hands
    - 2nd series: screw-down full back, gold applied baton hour markers, feuille hands
    - 3rd series: screw-down full back and sapphire display back, gold applied lapidated hour markers, baton hands
    - 4th series same as the 3rd series but with new serial numbers and delivered with deployant clasps

    For a platinum verison of the 3970 see lot number 140 and for a pink gold version see lot 299
    The reference 5970 replaced the 3970 in 2004.

    A similar model is illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches, by O. Patrizzi, Volume 2, p. 271, pl. 1131.