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    Sale 1357

    Important Watches

    17 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 412

    Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare platinum limited edition jump hour wristwatch

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENÈVE, REF. 3969, MOVEMENT NO. 752'968, CASE NO. 2'864'881, MANUFACTURED IN 1989

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    Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare platinum limited edition jump hour wristwatch
    Signed Patek Philippe, Genève, ref. 3969, movement no. 752'968, case no. 2'864'881, manufactured in 1989
    Cal. 215 HG circular nickel-finished lever movement stamped with the Geneva seal, 18 jewels, Gyromax balance, free sprung regulator, silvered matte dial, outer railway minute divisions, aperture for the jumping hours with Breguet numerals at 12 o'clock, tonneau-shaped case, snap on back with engraved commemorative text, platinum Patek Philippe buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    38 mm. overall length


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    With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1989 and its subsequent sale on 22 December 1989.

    The celebrated reference 3969 was made in a limited edition of 450 examples in pink gold (see lot 284 in this auction) and only 50 in platinum to commemorate the company's 150th Anniversary in 1989. The model is a reproduction of the jump hour watch originally launched by Patek Philippe in the 1920s.

    The particularity of a jump hour watch lies in its unusual mechanism and appearance. The hours are indicated by a small disc turning underneath a window. The disc rotates every time the minute hand, set within the centre of the dial, hits the full hour. The tonneau-shaped case was a typical design of the 1920s and is currently reliving a nostalgic popularity.

    Both jump hour models are described and illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second edition, pp. 120 & 121.

    For a jump hour pocket watch by Patek Philippe see lot 90 in this auction.

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT PRIVATE COLLECTION