PATEK PHILIPPE. A VERY RARE 18K GOLD AUTOMATIC MINUTE REPEATING PERPETUAL CALENDAR WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES, 24 HOUR, LEAP YEAR AND DAY/NIGHT INDICATION
PATEK PHILIPPE. A VERY RARE 18K GOLD AUTOMATIC MINUTE REPEATING PERPETUAL CALENDAR WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES, 24 HOUR, LEAP YEAR AND DAY/NIGHT INDICATION
PATEK PHILIPPE. A VERY RARE 18K GOLD AUTOMATIC MINUTE REPEATING PERPETUAL CALENDAR WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES, 24 HOUR, LEAP YEAR AND DAY/NIGHT INDICATION
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PATEK PHILIPPE. A VERY RARE 18K GOLD AUTOMATIC MINUTE REPEATING PERPETUAL CALENDAR WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES, 24 HOUR, LEAP YEAR AND DAY/NIGHT INDICATION
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Lot incorporates material from endangered species … Read more PATEK PHILIPPE MINUTE REPEATING PERPETUAL CALENDAR REF. 3974JONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT WATCHES MADE IN SERIES BY PATEK PHILIPPE PROPERTY FROM THE TITANIUM COLLECTION
PATEK PHILIPPE. A VERY RARE 18K GOLD AUTOMATIC MINUTE REPEATING PERPETUAL CALENDAR WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES, 24 HOUR, LEAP YEAR AND DAY/NIGHT INDICATION

SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, REF. 3974, MOVEMENT NO. 1'906'032, CASE NO. 2'867'129, MANUFACTURED IN 1991

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PATEK PHILIPPE. A VERY RARE 18K GOLD AUTOMATIC MINUTE REPEATING PERPETUAL CALENDAR WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES, 24 HOUR, LEAP YEAR AND DAY/NIGHT INDICATION
SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, REF. 3974, MOVEMENT NO. 1'906'032, CASE NO. 2'867'129, MANUFACTURED IN 1991
Movement: Cal. R 27 Q, stamped with the Geneva seal, automatic, 39 jewels, signed
Dial: Silvered opaline, signed
Case: Snap on back, punched with Jean-Pierre Hagmann’s mark on the lower left lug, 36 mm. diam., signed
With: 18k gold Patek Philippe buckle, Certificate of Origin dated 3 July 1992, Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with opaline silvered dial, gold sword-shaped indexes, in 1991 and its subsequent sale on 16 April 1991
Special notice

Lot incorporates material from endangered species that is not for sale and is shown for display purposes only. The endangered species strap shown with the Lot is for display purposes only and is not for sale.Upon sale, the watch will not be supplied to a buyer outside Hong Kong with any watch strap.

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Lot Essay

The present 3974J is preserved in excellent overall condition. The impressive case of highest quality supplied by the famous casemaker Jean-Pierre Hagmann of Geneva, his hallmark JPH stamped underneath the lower left 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, 5016 and 5029, all models of the firm's "Grand Complication" series.

Reference 3974
One of the most important watches ever made in series by Patek Philippe, reference 3974 was launched in 1989 to celebrate Patek Philippe's 150th anniversary, at the time not only the firm's but also the world's most complicated wristwatch. The very first movement was numbered 1'906'000.

Research has revealed that only around 160 examples of ref. 3974 were ever made, the majority in yellow gold.

The ingenious calibre 27 RQ impresses not only by its remarkable number of 467 parts but also by Patek Philippe's masterly performance of combining a 22K micro-rotor, minute repeating, perpetual calendar, 24-hour indication and phases of the moon mechanisms in a proportionally small 12 1/2''' movement.

The cases of the early examples were made by Jean-Pierre Hagmann, the very first ones, such as the present, bearing his hallmark. Later series were fitted with Atéliers Réunis cases.

Reference 3974 has become a modern classic epitomizing the strengths and wonderful acoustics of Patek Philippe minute repeaters. This sought-after reference ceased production in 2000 and is regarded as one of the most desirable minute repeating wristwatches of modern production.

Reference 3974 is illustrated in Patek Philippe Watches - Patek Philippe Museum, Vol. II, p. 325, and in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second edition, p. 325.
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