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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Geneva, May 15, 2016

LOT 476

PATEK REF. 3651 CHRONOGRAPH 4TH EXAMPLE EVER TO APPEAR Patek, Philippe & Cie, Genève, Nr. 869047, case Nr. 2839147, Ref. 3651. Movement made in 1961, cased by Patek Philippe in 1986. Fine and extremely rare, waterproof, 18K gold wristwatch with chronograph, register and tachometer and an 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe buckle. Accompanied by correspondence between the owner and Patek Philippe and 2 extract from the archives.

Three-body, waterproof, massive, polished and satined. Silver with applied gold baton indexes, auxiliary dials for the seconds, the 30 minutes register, concentric tachometer graduation. 'Feuille' gold hands. 13"', rhodiumed, 'fausses-cotes' decoration, 23 jewels, lever escapement, cut bimetallic balance adjusted to 8 positions, Breguet balance-spring, mivrometer regulator.

CHF 75,000 - 95,000

HKD 600,000 - 770,000 / USD 78,000 - 100,000

Sold: CHF 207,750

Grading System
Case: 2

Very good

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original


Dial, case and movement signed. DIAM. 35 mm. THICKNESS 13 mm. KNOWN EXAMPLES OF REFERENCE 3651 ? Movement 868306, case 2'839'142 Christies, Geneve, May 15, 2010, Lot 109 ? Movement 863596, case 2'839'143, Antiquorum, Geneve, December 10, 1988, Lot 157 ? Movement 863448, case 2'839'144 Christies, Geneve, November 9, 2014, Lot 95 ? Movement 869047, case 2'839'147, the present lot ? Movement unknown, case 2'839'xxx, private collection Believed to be done in 3 examples until now, this watch with CASE NUMBER 2'839'147 suggests that at least 7 examples were made. Another one was recently seen in a private collection proving that at least 5 have been physically accounted for. All these watches were initially made with 1463 MOVEMENTS (one it seems came from a 1579) and were most likely supplied by the customers. The extract states that this example was born as a 1463 and was recased by PATEK PHILIPPE in 1986. Featuring a beautiful waterproof case, this was more than likely the only option offered by Patek Philippe as no other simple chronographs were available in the 1980's.