Geneva, May 08, 2022

LOT 332

Property of the original Swiss family

CHF 20,000 - 40,000

EUR 19,800 - 39,600 / USD 21,500 - 42,900 / HKD 170,000 - 338,000

Sold: CHF 42,500

A very fine, very well preserved, rare, Beta 21 18k white gold wristwatch with date.

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Grading System
Case: 2-8

Very good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-02

Very good

HANDS Service hands

Brand Patek Philippe, Switzerland

Model Beta 21

Reference 3597

Year in 1972, sold in June 1973

Movement No. 6065

Case No. 2720487

Material 18K white gold

Bracelet Leather

Buckle later 18k white gold Patek Philippe buckle

Diameter 43 x 42 mm.

Caliber Beta 21, 13 jewels

Signature Dial, case and movement

Accessories later Patek Philippe fitted box, certificate of origin, original invoice, extract from the archives, description booklet, 2 Patek Philippe service invoices, booklets


Consigned by the son of the original owner, this Beta 21 has an interesting background. Upon his visit to the Patek Philippe boutique in Geneva, he fell in love with the seventies design of the Beta 21 and immediately purchased a yellow gold model with yellow gold bracelet. Upon his return, his wife absolutely despised the watch and asked him to return the watch so he returned it to the boutique and exchanged it for this model in white gold fitted on a leather strap. The accompanying invoice interestingly details this transaction showing the price of CHF 7’900 for the yellow gold and the exchange for the white gold for CHF 5’900. At the same time he purchased a necklace and left his other watch, a Patek 2499 (movement number 868747) that was sold by Antiquorum in May 1992 (lot 208) for an overhaul.
While the Beta Quartz model was often sold with an integrated bracelet, this 3597 is the desirable version sold on a leather bracelet and is complete with all its original documentation and in excellent condition with a sharp case and a deep hallmark on the side of the case.