With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 2002 and its subsequent sale February 6th of the same year. Further accompanied by two Patek Philippe Certificates of Origin, one dated February 14, 2002, one undated, wooden presentation box, Patek Philippe platinum hard case back, setting pin, leather envelope, instructions pamphlet and outer packaging.
To the best of our knowledge the present watch has never before been offered in public.
The black dial on the reference 3970 is very rare and in this case was added to the watch by Patek Philippe at the request of the original owner.
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
The reference 5970 replaced the 3970 in 2004.