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    Sale 2392

    Important Watches

    29 November 2007, Hong Kong

  • Lot 2756

    PATEK PHILIPPE. AN EXTREMELY FINE, RARE AND IMPORTANT 18K GOLD AUTOMATIC MINUTE REPEATING WRISTWATCH

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, MOVEMENT NO. 1'904'037, CASE NO. 2'906'839, REF. 3979J, CIRCA 1992

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    PATEK PHILIPPE. AN EXTREMELY FINE, RARE AND IMPORTANT 18K GOLD AUTOMATIC MINUTE REPEATING WRISTWATCH
    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, MOVEMENT NO. 1'904'037, CASE NO. 2'906'839, REF. 3979J, CIRCA 1992

    Cal. R 27 PS nickel-finished lever movement stamped with the Geneva Seal, 39 jewels, Gyromax balance adjusted to heat, cold, isochronism and 5 positions, straight line lever escapement, 22k gold off-centred micro-rotor, minute repeating on two steel gongs via two polished steel hammers, the white porcelain dial with painted Roman numerals and outer railway minute track, blackened feuille hands, subsidiary seconds, in circular case with sloping bezel, downturned lugs, repeating mechanism activated by a slide in the band, snap on back, together with an 18k gold Patek Philippe buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    33 mm. diam.


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    US$180,000-250,000
    EUR130,000-183,000

    Accompanied by a Patek Philippe presentation box with outer packaging, Certificate of Origin and brochures in leather wallet and additional glazed display back.

    The reference 3979 was launched in 1989 to celebrate Patek Philippe's 150th anniversary, and is the legitimate successor of the highly coveted reference 2524/1. Production of the reference 3979 was largely in yellow gold and was discontinued in 1998, succeeded by the reference 5079.

    The ingenious calibre R 27 PS impresses not only by its remarkable 342 miniscure parts but also Patek Philippe's highly innovative technical milestone of combining a micro-rotor and minute repeating mechanism into a proportionally small 12 1/2"' lignes movement.

    The model is illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second edition, p. 320.