• Important Watches  auction at Christies

    Sale 2212

    Important Watches

    15 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 383

    PATEK PHILIPPE. A FINE AND RARE PLATINUM PERPETUAL CALENDAR CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BLACK DIAL AND MOON PHASES

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, MOVEMENT NO. 3046361, CASE NO. 4126021, REF. 3970EP, MANUFACTURED IN 2002

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    PATEK PHILIPPE. A FINE AND RARE PLATINUM PERPETUAL CALENDAR CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BLACK DIAL AND MOON PHASES
    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, MOVEMENT NO. 3046361, CASE NO. 4126021, REF. 3970EP, MANUFACTURED IN 2002
    Cal. 27-70 Q nickel-finished lever movement stamped with the seal of Geneva, 24 jewels, free-sprung gyromax balance, black dial, applied gold baton numerals, apertures for day and month below 12 o'clock, three subsidiary dials for constant seconds and 24 hours, 30 minute register and leap year, date combined with phases of the moon, circular water-resistant-type case, concave bezel, down-turned stepped lugs, sapphire crystal display screw back, case, dial and movement signed, platinum Patek Philippe deployant buckle
    36mm diam.


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    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.

    Special Notice

    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.