PATEK PHILIPPE. A VERY FINE AND RARE 18K GOLD AUTOMATIC MINUTE REPEATING WRISTWATCH, MADE TO CELEBRATE THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF PATEK PHILIPPE IN 1989
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PATEK PHILIPPE. A VERY FINE AND RARE 18K GOLD AUTOMATIC MINUTE REPEATING WRISTWATCH, MADE TO CELEBRATE THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF PATEK PHILIPPE IN 1989

SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, MOVEMENT NO. 1904005, CASE NO. 2865075, REF. 3979, 1989

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PATEK PHILIPPE. A VERY FINE AND RARE 18K GOLD AUTOMATIC MINUTE REPEATING WRISTWATCH, MADE TO CELEBRATE THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF PATEK PHILIPPE IN 1989
SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, MOVEMENT NO. 1904005, CASE NO. 2865075, REF. 3979, 1989

Cal. R 27 PS nickel-finished lever movement, 39 jewels, Gyromax balance, 22k gold micro-rotor, repeating on two polished steel hammers onto two gongs, the porcelain-white dial with Roman numerals, subsidiary seconds, in circular case with repeating slide in the band, glazed display snap on back, together with an 18k gold Patek Philippe deployant clasp, case, dial and movement signed
33 mm. diam.

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US$150,000-230,000

This watch is accompanied by a Patek Philippe wooden presentation box with outer packaging, Extract from the Archives confirming production of this watch in 1989 and its subsequent sale on 30 December 1989 and solid case back.

This watch was produced for the 150th anniversary of Patek Philippe.
The manufacture of reference 3979, the legitimate successor of reference 2524/1, was launched in 1989 with movement number 1'904'000, with the majority cased in yellow gold. The model is no longer in production.

It is fitted with the ingenious calibre R 27 PS which impresses not only by its remarkable number of 342 parts but also by Patek Philippe's masterly performance of combining a micro-rotor and a minute repeating mechanism in a proportionally small 12½''' movement.

Reference 3979 is illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second edition, p. 320.

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