Patek Philippe. An oversized and rare 18K gold cushion-shaped electronic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, bracelet, two-tone gilt dial and original certificate
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Patek Philippe. An oversized and rare 18K gold cushion-shaped electronic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, bracelet, two-tone gilt dial and original certificate

SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, REF. 3587/2, MOVEMENT NO. 5'999, CASE NO. 2'699'461, MANUFACTURED IN 1972

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Patek Philippe. An oversized and rare 18K gold cushion-shaped electronic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, bracelet, two-tone gilt dial and original certificate
Signed Patek Philippe, Geneve, ref. 3587/2, movement no. 5'999, case no. 2'699'461, manufactured in 1972
Cal. B21 electroquartz movement, 13 jewels, two-tone gilt dial with applied gold baton numerals with luminous detail, outer five minute divisions, luminous hands, sweep centre seconds with hack feature, window for date, large cushion-shaped water-resistant-type case, screw back, integral 18K gold Patek Philippe bracelet, case, dial, and movement signed
43 mm. wide; overall length of bracelet approx. 190 mm.
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With Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin and Guarantee dated 8 July 1972. Furthermore delivered with Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with gold bracelet in 1972 and its subsequent sale on 12 April 1972.

This reference 3587/2 is fresh to the market and preserved in generally very good overall condition, the rarity enhanced by the presence of the original certificate.

It is fitted with the celebrated Beta-21 electroquartz movement, developed by a consortium of watch companies, including Patek Philippe, at the Swiss Electronic Research Centre or CEH (Centre Electronique Horloger) in Neuchâtel. It was the first quartz movement for wristwatches with analogue display and introduced at the Basel Fair in April 1970.

The first model of the series, reference 3587 such as the present watch, was fitted with caliber Beta-21 and became reference 3597 in 1973 with the introduction of Beta-22. It was in production until around 1982. Reference 3603 was introduced into the market in 1972, also until around 1982.

The three models, the largest wristwatches ever produced by Patek Philippe, were available in different case, dial and bracelet colours and variations and are highly collectable timepieces.

References 3597 and 3602 as well as the Beta-21 are described and illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second edition, p. 332.

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