13 November 2001
PATEK PHILIPPE, A FINE 18K GOLD AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH PERPETUAL CALENDAR, MOONPHASE AND LEAP YEAR INDICATION
Patek Philippe, Ref:3450 First Series, No. 1119594, 1981, sold 3 December 1981.
27-460Q, rhodium finished 37-jewel mechanical movement adjusted to heat, cold isochronism and five positions, Gyromax balance, 18k rotor, movement stamped with the Seal of Geneva, silvered dial with applied baton markers, Dauphine hands, subsidiary date dial, day, month, moonphase apertures, leap year indication via red dot aperture, circular polished and brushed case with snap on back (ref:3450, no. 278860) and triangular downturned lugs, maker's strap and 18ct gold buckle, movement, dial and case signed.
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For an example of this reference see, Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, Patek Philippe, Geneve, 1998, second edition, p. 290, fig. 499a-c
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