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    Sale 2627

    Important Watches

    3 December 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 3659

    PATEK PHILIPPE, REF. 3940J 3RD SERIES ROMAN

    GOLD AUTOMATIC PERPETUAL CALENDAR WRISTWATCH WITH LEAP-YEAR AND MOON-PHASE DISPLAY

    MOVEMENT 3'125'004, CASE 4'114'534, MANUFACTURED IN 2001

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    PATEK PHILIPPE, REF. 3940J 3RD SERIES ROMAN

    GOLD AUTOMATIC PERPETUAL CALENDAR WRISTWATCH WITH LEAP-YEAR AND MOON-PHASE DISPLAY
    MOVEMENT 3'125'004, CASE 4'114'534, MANUFACTURED IN 2001

    Calibre 240/114, Geneva Seal hallmarked, 27 jewels, Gyromax balance, 22k gold minirotor, gloss porcelain-white dial, two bevelled subdials for the month with leap-year and day with 24-hour display, analogue date with moon-phases, two-part case in 18k gold, snap-on display back, 18k gold PP deployant clasp, case, dial and movement signed
    Diameter: 36 mm.


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    US$31,000-44,000
    EUR24,000-33,000

    Accompanied by Patek Philippe winding box and certificate.

    Patek Philippe's calibre 240 Q is the most magnificent example of the manufacturer's fluent style and technical skills. Comprising 275 miniscule parts, this compact marvel is incredibly thin due in part to the integrated off-centred 22k gold minirotor.

    This superb calibre powers a number of references, from a simple "Calatrava" to the extraordinary Celestial, the perpetual calendars are of no exception.

    Reference 3940, launched in 1985 to replace reference 3450, is one of Patek Philippe's longest production models. Spanning over three decades, an estimated 7,000 examples left the workshops in Geneva. Available in all precious metals, with very similar dial configurations, this reference is generally divided into three series with differences in the hour markers and subdials.

    "Beyer" and early series - lot 3660

    1st series - lot 3663

    2nd series - lot 3698

    3rd series - like the present watch, and lot 3712