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Patek Philippe. An extremely fine and possibly unique 18K white gold automatic perpetual calendar wristwatch with moon phases and integral 18K white gold bracelet
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Patek Philippe. An extremely fine and possibly unique 18K white gold automatic perpetual calendar wristwatch with moon phases and integral 18K white gold bracelet

SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENÈVE, REF. 3945/1G, MOVEMENT NO. 771'313, CASE NO. 2'842'115, MANUFACTURED IN 1988

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Patek Philippe. An extremely fine and possibly unique 18K white gold automatic perpetual calendar wristwatch with moon phases and integral 18K white gold bracelet
Signed Patek Philippe, Genève, ref. 3945/1G, movement no. 771'313, case no. 2'842'115, manufactured in 1988
Movement: cal. 240 Q stamped with the Geneva seal, automatic, 27 jewels, 22K gold micro-rotor, signed
Dial: applied white gold baton and pyramidal numerals, signed
Case: snap on back, 36 mm. diam., signed
With: 18K white gold Patek Philippe integral bracelet and clasp, approximate overall length of 190 mm., Extract from the Archives confirming production of this watch in 1988 with opaline silvered dial, applied white gold indexes, bracelet in white gold and its subsequent sale on 14 October 1988
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Lot Essay

Fresh to the market and offered in excellent untouched overall condition, the present watch is believed to be the only known example of reference 3945/1 with a first series dial in a white gold case known to exist to date.

The white gold 3945/1 itself is one of the rarest versions of the reference, far less were made than in any other metal. To the best of our knowledge only five other examples have ever been sold at auction, however all fitted with second series dials.

Reference 3945/1 was, like it’s sister reference 3940, produced in two distinct main series, distinguished by the leap year display: the first series with sunk leap year dial without “cross”, the second series showing a crossed leap year.

Being cased in white gold, the silvered dial of the present watch naturally has corresponding indexes also made in white gold which are confirmed by the Extract from the Archives.

Made in 1988, the present example is one of the last, if not the very last reference 3945/1 to be fitted with a first series dial. Although literature states that the first series dial did continue until 1988 it was thought that only second series dials were used for watches with a movement number higher than 771’000. However, first series dials are certainly found on the sister reference 3940 until around serial number 771,500.

The present white gold reference 3945/1 and one other publically known example in yellow gold retailed by Tiffany & Co. with movement number 771’167 are both confirmed as made in 1988 and both have first series dials. Interestingly, the signature “Patek Philippe Genève” on both these watches is in the slightly larger font used on second series dials. Therefore, it can be concluded that both these watches were probably special request pieces fitted with series one dials signed in the series two manner due to their “late” production date, and as such, a great rarity.

Launched in 1985, reference 3945/1 is considered among the most elegant and distinguished perpetual calendar timepieces ever made. It was in production until 1998 and is a variant of the celebrated reference 3940. Whereas the case of reference 3940 features lugs in order to add a detachable leather or gold bracelet, reference 3945 was made exclusively with an integral gold bracelet.

The present watch provides the rare opportunity to acquire perhaps the most exclusive example of the extremely rare and supremely elegant white gold reference 3945/1.

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