With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with in 1966 and its subsequent sale on 21 July 1967. The Extract states that the original case was replaced by the present case number 2'998'717 during a servicing in the company's workshops in 1997. Furthermore delivered with spare Patek Philippe silvered dial with applied baton and square numerals.
Reference 3448 must simply be accepted as the combination of the best of two worlds: the quality, class and complexity of vintage complicated Patek Philippe wristwatches united with the soberness, elegance and wearability of more recent production. Much to every collector's regret, reference 3448 was only cased in yellow and white gold. Examples in pink gold and platinum form for many collectors the ideal daydreams. It is however little known that Mr. Stern approved in 1997 for two watches of reference 3448 to be re-cased in platinum: number 1'119'323, featuring sapphire baguette hour markers, and number 1'119'056, the present watch. The first, standing out with its unique and slightly frivolous look, is the well-shielded treasure of one of Europe's most connoisseur collectors.
The present watch made its public debut in 2001 at an auction in Hong Kong. Consigned by an important South East Asian family, it was with little surprise that its dial showed the influence of the local climate after over three decades. Very much to the delight of a future owner, a second, virtually new old stock dial is now mounted on the watch, giving it the perfect look without compromising originality. In fact, the currently mounted dial is from the first generation featuring outer pearled minute markings and wonderfully raised hard enamel signature and date numbers. For the sake of the watch's purity, the original, gently stained dial has been preserved and is offered together with the watch.
The case is as crisp as a demanding collector would expect and has probably not been touched up since having left the bench in 1997. It is of unbelievable quality and solidity, resulting in a superb, nearly divine heaviness, virtually unknown to amateurs of vintage watches.
It is rare that unique pieces offer so much discreet wearability like the present platinum reference 3448. Its unrepeatability and great charisma make it one of the best looking collector's watches of recent decades.