Accompanied by a Patek Philippe presentation box, certificate, manual, interchangeable full back and corrector.
Reference 3970 was introduced in 1986 as the descendant of the highly coveted and exquisite reference 2499 (see lot 2806). Available in all precious metal and a variety of different dials, the model is generally divided into four series with the following configuration:
- 1st series: snap-on full back, gold applied baton hour markers, feuille hands
- 2nd series: screw-down full back, gold applied baton hour markers, feuille hands
- 3rd series: screw-down full back and sapphire display back, gold applied lapidated hour markers, baton hands
- same as the 3rd series but with new serial numbers and delivered with deployant clasps
Production ceased in 2004, replaced by the reference 5970.