With Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin stamped Astrua Torino, fitted presentation box, second glazed screw back and sales papers, and Astrua letter of compliment. Furthermore delivered with Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with silvery opaline-white dial and yellow gold sword-shaped indexes in 1993 and its subsequent sale on 15 September 1993.
Reference 3970 is the third in the line of Patek Philippe perpetual chronographs, probably the most revered lineage of wristwatches ever produced. True to its DNA - originated with the legendary ref. 1518 and passed on to ref. 2499 before this third incarnation - the dial is a masterpiece of design. Maintaining the typical three subdials layout, this model, compared to its predecessors, increases the information offered (24 hours and leap year indications) without overcomplicating or unbalancing the overall look of the watch. The case design is no less impressive: the perfectly sized 36 mm. case allows for the ultimate balance between presence on the wrist and understated elegance.
Consigned by the original owner, fresh to the market and with all accesories, the present ref. 3970 is even more attractive by the stamp of Astrua on the certificate, the appeal increased by the presence of a handwritten letter from the retailer thanking the client for the purchase and stating, in Italian, "you honor Patek Philippe and us with your preference". One can safely deduct that the purchaser is one of Astrua most important clients.
The famous Turin jewelery is renowned for its long time relation with Patek Philippe.