• IMPORTANT WATCHES Including A  auction at Christies

    Sale 1369

    IMPORTANT WATCHES Including A CONNOISSEUR'S VISION

    16 November 2009, Geneva

  • Lot 328

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

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENÈVE, REF. 3418, MOVEMENT NO. 729'773, CASE NO. 260'1521, 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, Genève, ref. 3418, movement no. 729'773, case no. 260'1521, manufactured in 1960
    Cal. 12-400 nickel-finished lever movement, 18 jewels, swan neck regulator, silvered brushed dial, applied baton numerals, subsidiary seconds, circular water-resistant-type case, an inner screwed ring opening to allow the easy changing of the bracelet, screw back, hidden lugs, stainless steel Patek Philippe belt-shaped bracelet, case, dial and movement signed
    34 mm. diam.


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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 17 February 1961.

    Reference 3418 was introduced into the market in 1958, the same year as the calibre 12'''400 movement. This ingenious model was designed to allow the easy change of the leather strap for a metal version by unscrewing a metal ring fixed onto the case back and revealing the lugs, hence its designation "convertible".

    To the best of our knowledge, the present watch has never been offered in public before. It is furthermore preserved in very good, original overall condition.