Important Collectors' Wristwatches, P...

New York, Mar 05, 2009

LOT 247

Ref. 3448, Retailed by Cartier Patek Philippe, Genève, movement No. 1119087, case No. 320312, Ref. 3448. Made circa 1970. Very fine and very rare, self-winding, 18K yellow gold wristwatch with perpetual calendar, moon phases and an 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe buckle. Accompanied by the Extract from the Archives and a Cartier certificate of authenticity.

USD 200,000 - 300,000

EUR 155,000 - 235,000 / CHF 230,000 - 350,000

Sold: USD 276,000

C. Three-body, solid, polished and brushed, inclined bezel, lapidated lugs, snap-on case back, sapphire crystal. D. Matte silver with applied yellow gold baton and pyramidal indexes, outer dot minute division, subsidiary dial for the days of the month, apertures for the days of the week, the months and the moon phases. Yellow gold dauphine hands. M. Cal. 27-460 Q, stamped with the Seal of Geneva quality mark, rhodium-plated, fausses cotes decoration, 37 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, Gyromax balance adjusted to heat, cold, isochronism and 5 positions, shock absorber, self-compensating blued Breguet balance spring, 18K yellow gold rotor. Dial, case and movement signed. Dial retailed by Cartier, case with Cartier reference numbers. Diam. 37 mm. Thickness 13 mm.

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Grading System
Case: 3


Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original


Ref. 3448 Produced in 586 examples from 1962 to 1982, with the caliber 27-460 Q, the majority in yellow gold, rarely in pink or white gold. This series began with the serial number 1119000. Six watches of this reference are known to exist without the moon phases. During the 50?s and 60?s gold bracelets were fitted between lugs by means of a spring bar and were sold separately, thus not changing the reference of the watch. At the beginning of the 70?s a new fashion was launched and more watches were proposed with an integrated gold bracelet. The Patek Phillipe reference then changed with an additional number after the four first digits, as follows: 3448/3, or 3448/15, and so on, depending on the bracelet design.