Patek Philippe. A Very Fine and Rare 18K Gold Automatic Minute Repeating Perpetual Calendar Wristwatch with Moon Phases
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Patek Philippe. A Very Fine and Rare 18K Gold Automatic Minute Repeating Perpetual Calendar Wristwatch with Moon Phases

SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, REF. 3974, MOVEMENT NO. 1'906'054, CASE NO. 2'900'794, MANUFACTURED IN 1991

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Patek Philippe. A Very Fine and Rare 18K Gold Automatic Minute Repeating Perpetual Calendar Wristwatch with Moon Phases
Signed Patek Philippe, Geneve, Ref. 3974, Movement No. 1'906'054, Case No. 2'900'794, Manufactured in 1991
Cal. R 27 Q automatic movement, 39 jewels, stamped with the Geneva seal, 22k gold micro-rotor, silvered matte dial, applied gold baton numerals, gold Dauphine hands, three subsidiary dials for day and 24 hours divided into diurnal and nocturnal time, month and leap year indicator, date combined with phases of the moon, circular case, stepped bezel, snap-on sapphire crystal display back, 18k gold Patek Philippe buckle, case, dial and movement signed
36mm diam.
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With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1991 and its subsequent sale on December 10th, 1991.

Reference 3974 was produced in 1989 to celebrate Patek Philippe's 150th Anniversary, the movement of the first model was numbered 1'906'000. The ingenious caliber R 27 Q impresses not only by its remarkable number of 467 parts but also by Patek Philippe's masterly performance of combining a micro-rotor, minute repeating and perpetual calendar mechanisms in a proportionally small 12 1/2''' movement.

Reference 3974 has become a modern classic epitomizing the strengths and wonderful acoustics of Patek Philippe minute repeaters. It was manufactured in very small numbers only. This sought after reference ceased production in 2002 and is regarded as one of the most desirable minute repeaters of modern production.

The impressive case of highest quality was made by the famous casemaker Jean-Pierre Hagmann of Geneva, his hallmark JPH stamped underneath the left lower lug.

Originally trained as a jeweller, Jean-Pierre Hagmann set up his own company in 1984, specializing in the manufacture of custom-made high quality watch cases. He worked for several of the world's most famous watch manufactures, notably Patek Philippe to whom he supplied amongst others cases for references 3974, 3979 and 5029, all models of the firm's Grand Complication series.

Reference 3974 is illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second edition, p. 325.

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