• Important Watches auction at Christies

    Sale 2969

    Important Watches

    28 November 2012, Hong Kong

  • Lot 2687

    PATEK PHILIPPE. AN EXCEPTIONAL, VERY RARE AND POSSIBLY UNIQUE PLATINUM MINUTE REPEATING TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH WITH MOTHER-OF-PEARL DIAL, BREGUET NUMERALS, SPARE BACK, CERTIFICATE AND BOX

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, REF. 3939, MOVEMENT NO. 5'000'016, CASE NO. 4'513'140, CIRCA 2011

    Price Realised  

    PATEK PHILIPPE. AN EXCEPTIONAL, VERY RARE AND POSSIBLY UNIQUE PLATINUM MINUTE REPEATING TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH WITH MOTHER-OF-PEARL DIAL, BREGUET NUMERALS, SPARE BACK, CERTIFICATE AND BOX
    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, REF. 3939, MOVEMENT NO. 5'000'016, CASE NO. 4'513'140, CIRCA 2011
    Cal. RTO 27 PS mechanical lever movement stamped with the Geneva seal, 28 jewels, Gyromax balance, one minute tourbillon carriage, minute repeating on two gongs activated by a slide in the band, mother-of-pearl dial, applied Breguet numerals, engine-turned subsidiary seconds, circular case, glazed display snap on back, platinum Patek Philippe Campaign buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    33 mm. diam.


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    US$350,000-550,000

    With Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin dated 8 March 2011, Rate Accuracy Certificate for Patek Philippe Tourbillon Watches, additional case back, sales tag, leather portfolio, instruction manual, product literature, fitted slip case, presentation box and outer packaging.


    This example of Patek Philippe's landmark reference 3939 is one of the true stars within this family. In fact, unknown within the collector's community and fully confirmed by the Certificate from Patek Philippe, the present watch can only be regarded as a one-of-a-kind masterpiece and therefore is an important addition to any distinguished watch collection. In over 30 years of international auctions and throughout literature, no other reference 3939 fitted with such a unusual mother-of-pearl dial with Breguet numerals has ever been shown, offered, or been mentioned on the market. Being part of the very last production of this reference, one must conclude that it was a special order executed according to the precise ideas of one of the firm's most important and demanding collectors.

    One of the most elegant and subtle of the Patek Philippe grand complication timepieces, reference 3939 unites the sonorous charms of a two-gong minute repeater with the gravity-defying precision of a tourbillon escapement. In keeping with its eternal style, reference 3939 ignores the contemporary trend for larger cases, measuring 33 mm. in diameter, an achievement for such a technically sophisticated timepiece.

    Offered in unused condition we are delighted to present this extrodinary watch for sale.

    Special Notice

    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory, tortoiseshell and crocodile. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.