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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 268

    Patek Philippe. A very fine and elegant 18K gold automatic wristwatch



    Patek Philippe. A very fine and elegant 18K gold automatic wristwatch
    Signed Patek Philippe, Genève, ref. 3415, movement no. 766’243, case no. 2’609’666, manufactured in 1958
    MOVEMENT: automatic, cal. 12-600 AT stamped twice with the Geneva Seal, 30 jewels, Gyromax balance, gold rotor
    DIAL: silvered white, applied gold baton numerals, minute divisions, subsidiary seconds
    CASE: 18K gold, PP crown, screw back, 35 mm. diam.
    SIGNED: case, dial and movement
    BUCKLE: 18K gold Patek Philippe buckle
    ACCOMPANIED BY: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1958 and its subsequent sale on 16 December 1959

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    The present watch is a very well preserved example of Patek Philippe's classical reference 3415. To the best of our knowledge it has never been offered in public before.

    Reference 3415
    Reference 3415 was launched in 1959 and remained in production only for one and a half year before being replaced in 1960 by reference 3429, the only difference being the newer calibre 27-460.

    It was made mainly in yellow and pink gold, few examples in platinum, the cases water-resistant-type with screw backs. The calibre 12-600 At movement as used for reference 2526 is the best automatic movement of its time with 30 jewels, Gyromax balance and a massive gold rotor on a ball-bearing system.

    Reference 3415 can be regarded as Patek Philippe’s first model of a sober classical watch, the pioneer for the firm’s 1960s and 1970s production of round watches.

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