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    Sale 2627

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    3 December 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 3714

    PATEK PHILIPPE, REF. 3970EP DIAMOND INDEX

    PLATINUM MANUAL-WINDING PERPETUAL CALENDAR CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH LEAP-YEAR AND MOON-PHASE DISPLAY

    MOVEMENT 3'045'168, CASE 2'953'503, MANUFACTURED IN 1995

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    PATEK PHILIPPE, REF. 3970EP DIAMOND INDEX

    PLATINUM MANUAL-WINDING PERPETUAL CALENDAR CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH LEAP-YEAR AND MOON-PHASE DISPLAY
    MOVEMENT 3'045'168, CASE 2'953'503, MANUFACTURED IN 1995

    Calibre 27-70 Q, ebauche by Nouvelle Lemania, Geneva Seal hallmarked, 24 jewels, Gyromax balance, gloss black dial with eleven diamond hour markers, outer one-fifth minute divisions, two bevelled engine-turned subdials for small seconds with 24-hour indication and minute counter with leap-years, analogue date with integrated moon-phases, day and month in apertures, two-part case, screw-down display back, platinum PPCo buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    Diameter: 36 mm.


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    US$100,000-150,000
    EUR76,000-114,000

    Accompanied by Patek Philippe presentation box, Extract from the Archives, interchangeable full back and corrector.

    Reference 3970 was launched in 1986 as the descendant of the highly coveted and exquisite reference 2499. Available in all precious metals and a variety of different dial configurations, the model is generally divided into four series:

    - First series: snap-on full back, gold applied baton hour markers, feuille hands

    - Second series: screw-down full back, gold applied baton hour markers, feuille hands

    - Third series, like the present watch: screw-down full back and sapphire crystal display back, gold applied lapidated hour markers, baton hands

    - Fourth and final series: same as the third but with new serial numbers and delivered with deployant clasps

    Production ended in 2004 and was replaced by reference 5970.