Patek Philippe. A Fine, Rare and Unusual Stainless Steel Water-Resistant "Convertible" Wristwatch with Bracelet
Patek Philippe. A Fine, Rare and Unusual Stainless Steel Water-Resistant "Convertible" Wristwatch with Bracelet

SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENÈVE, REF. 3418, MOVEMENT NO. 730'516, CASE NO. 2'601'649, MANUFACTURED IN 1961

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Patek Philippe. A Fine, Rare and Unusual Stainless Steel Water-Resistant "Convertible" Wristwatch with Bracelet
Signed Patek Philippe, Genève, Ref. 3418, Movement No. 730'516, Case No. 2'601'649, Manufactured in 1961
Cal. 12'''400 mechanical lever movement stamped twice with the Geneva seal, 18 jewels, silvered dial, baton numerals, subsidiary seconds, circular water-resistant-type case, an inner screwed ring opening to allow the easy changing of the bracelet, screw back, hidden lugs, stainless steel Patek Philippe belt-shaped bracelet, overall approximate length 10 inches, case, dial and movement signed

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Accompanied by a Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with steel bracelet in 1961 and its subsequent sale on July 18th of the same year.

The ingenious model of the reference 3418 was designed to allow the easy change of the leather bracelet against a metal version by unscrewing a metal ring fixed onto the case back and revealing the lugs, hence its name "convertible". It is a remarkable find retaining the exceptional bracelet and with a case that appears to be original and unpolished.

To the best of our knowledge this watch has never before been offered in public.

Reference 3418 was introduced into the market in 1958, the same year as the caliber 12'''400 movement.

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