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    Sale 1357

    Important Watches

    17 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 176

    Patek Philippe, made for Tiffany & Co. A fine and rare 18K gold automatic wristwatch with bracelet

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENÈVE, RETAILED BY TIFFANY & CO., REF. 3440, MOVEMENT NO. 1'111'860, CASE NO. 312'597, MANUFACTURED IN 1962

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    Patek Philippe, made for Tiffany & Co. A fine and rare 18K gold automatic wristwatch with bracelet
    Signed Patek Philippe, Genève, retailed by Tiffany & Co., ref. 3440, movement no. 1'111'860, case no. 312'597, manufactured in 1962
    Cal. 27-460 nickel-finished lever movement stamped twice with the Geneva seal, 37 jewels, Gyromax balance, free sprung regulator, 18K gold rotor, silvered dial, applied gold baton numerals, subsidiary seconds, outer dot minute divisions, circular water-resistant-type case with angled bezel, screw back, extended angular lugs, 18K gold Patek Philippe integral bracelet and clasp stamped GF for Gay Frères and 2.62, case, dial and movement signed
    34 mm. diam.


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    With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1962 and its subsequent sale on 26 July 1962. Although, according to the Extract, the present watch was sold with a leather strap, the gold bracelet is dated 2.62, the year of manufacture of the watch, and was therefore most certainly added immediately upon its purchase.

    This watch is believed to be the only example of a reference 3440 retailed by Tiffany & Co. to appear in public to date.

    Production of reference 3440 was launched in 1961 and remained in production until the late 1960s. The model is illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second edition, p. 221, pl. 355.