Patek Philippe. A Very Fine and Rare 18k Gold Automatic Perpetual Calendar Wristwatch With Moon Phases and Leap Year Indication
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Patek Philippe. A Very Fine and Rare 18k Gold Automatic Perpetual Calendar Wristwatch With Moon Phases and Leap Year Indication

SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENÈVE, REF. 3450, MOVEMENT NO. 1'119'771, CASE NO. 2'808'547, MANUFACTURED IN 1985

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Patek Philippe. A Very Fine and Rare 18k Gold Automatic Perpetual Calendar Wristwatch With Moon Phases and Leap Year Indication
Signed Patek Philippe, Genève, Ref. 3450, Movement No. 1'119'771, Case No. 2'808'547, Manufactured in 1985
Movement: Automatic, Cal. 27-460 QB, 37 jewels
Dial: Silvered, baton numerals, two windows, leap year indicator, moon phases
Case: 18k gold, snap on back, 37.5 mm diam.
Buckle: Patek Philippe 18k gold buckle
Accompanied By: A Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming date of sale on February 13, 1985, Patek Philippe service papers dated September, 2017, plastic service slipcase and service tie-tag
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Lot Essay

The reference 3450, successor of reference 3448, was introduced into the market in 1981. The model differs from its predecessor by the modified leap year indication, the small eccentric window at 4 o'clock. The first series was made with a simple red disk and Arabic numerals. The second, personified by the present watch, is made with Roman numeral leap year indication.

A total of 244 examples of reference 3450 were made, the majority in yellow gold cases with only two in white gold are known to date. Production of both references 3448 and 3450 was discontinued in 1985 when reference 3940 was launched.

Another example of a ref. 3450 with Roman leap year indicator is illustrated and described in Patek Philippe Museum - Patek Philippe Watches - Volume II, p. 297, Inv. P-239.

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