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    Sale 1348

    Important Pocket Watches and Wristwatches

    12 November 2007, Geneva

  • Lot 191

    Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K gold self-winding perpetual calendar wristwatch with phases of the moon and leap year indicator

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENÈVE, REF. 3450, MOVEMENT NO. 1'119'747, CASE NO. 2'808'533, MANUFACTURED IN 1985

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    Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K gold self-winding perpetual calendar wristwatch with phases of the moon and leap year indicator
    Signed Patek Philippe, Genève, ref. 3450, movement no. 1'119'747, case no. 2'808'533, manufactured in 1985
    Cal. 27-460 QB nickel-finished lever movement stamped twice with the Geneva seal, 37 jewels, Gyromax balance, free sprung regulator, 18K gold rotor, the silvered matte dial with applied gold baton numerals, gold dauphine hands, windows for day and month, eccentric aperture for the Roman leap year indication between 3 and 4 o'clock, phases of the moon combined with date, the circular case with enlarged bezel, snap on back, 18K gold Patek Philippe buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    38 mm. diam.


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    Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1985 and its subsequent sale on 31 May 1985. Furthermore delivered with a Patek Philippe wooden presentation box and outer packaging.

    In 1981, reference 3450, successor of reference 3448, was introduced into the market with the improved 27'460 QB (Quantième Bissextile) calibre. The model differs from its predecessor by the modified leap year indication, the eccentric small window to 4 o'clock. The first series was made with a simple red disk and Arabic numerals, the second, such as the present watch, with Roman I, II, III and IV leap year indication.

    A total of 244 examples of reference 3450 were made, the majority in yellow gold cases, only two in white gold are known to date.

    Production of both references 3448 and 3450 was discontinued in 1985 when reference 3940 was launched.

    For a reference 3448 in white gold see lot 353 in this auction.

    Reference 3450 is illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second edition, p. 290, pl. 449a.

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    THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN COLLECTOR