With Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin and Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1995 and its subsequent sale on 23 September 1996. Furthermore delivered with spare 18K gold solid screw back numbered 2953463, 18K gold and wooden setting pin, instructions, fitted veneered presentation box and outer packaging.
Purchased by the present owner in 1996, the watch has never been offered in public before and is furthermore preserved in very good original overall condition.
Reference 3970 was in production from 1986 until 2004 when it was replaced by reference 5970 (see lot 73 in this auction). The model is illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second edition, p. 305.