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    Sale 1357

    Important Watches

    17 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 56

    Patek Philippe. A fine, rare and unusual stainless steel water-resistant "convertible" wristwatch with bracelet

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, REF. 3418, MOVEMENT NO. 729'563, CASE NO. 2'601'493, MANUFACTURED IN 1960

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    Patek Philippe. A fine, rare and unusual stainless steel water-resistant "convertible" wristwatch with bracelet
    Signed Patek Philippe, Geneve, ref. 3418, movement no. 729'563, case no. 2'601'493, manufactured in 1960
    Cal. 12'''400 nickel-finished lever movement stamped twice with the Geneva seal, 18 jewels, silvered brushed dial, baton numerals, subsidiary seconds, circular water-resistant-type case, an inner screwed ring opening to allow the bracelet to be changed easily, screw back, hidden lugs, stainless steel belt-shaped bracelet, case, dial and movement signed
    34 mm. diam. & 210 mm. overall length


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    With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with steel bracelet in 1960 and its subsequent sale on 11 November 1960. Furthermore delivered with a Patek Philippe presentation box and outer packaging and copy of Patek Philippe London invoice dated 18 April 2000 for an overhaul of the watch.

    The present watch is one of only 20 examples of reference 3418 to appear in public to date.

    The ingenious model was designed to allow the easy change of the leather bracelet against a metal version by unscrewing a metal ring fixed onto the case back and revealing the lugs, hence its name "convertible".

    Reference 3418 was launched in 1958, the same year as the calibre 12'''400 movement.