Important Collector's Wristwatches, P...

New York, Dec 01, 2004

LOT 332

"Arabic Leap Year" Patek Philippe & Cie, Genève, No. 1119624, case No. 2788657, Ref. 3450, second series. Production of this reference started in 1981. Fine and rare, astronomic, self-winding, 18K yellow gold gentleman?s wristwatch with perpetual calendar, moon phases, Arabic numerals for the leap year indication, and an 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe buckle.

USD 70,000 - 90,000

EUR 55,000 - 70,000

Sold: USD 111,550

C. Three-body, solid, polished and brushed. D. Matte silver with applied yellow gold bâton and pyramidal indexes, graduation for the days of the month, apertures for the days of the week, the months, the leap year and the moon phases. Yellow gold "dauphine" hands. M. Cal. 27-460 Q, stamped with the Geneva Quality Hallmark, rhodium plated, "fausses-côtes" decoration, 37 jewels, straight line lever escapement, Gyromax balance adjusted to heat, cold, isochronism and five positions, shock-absorber, self-compensating free-sprung Breguet balance-spring, 18K yellow gold rotor.Dial, case and movement signed.Diam. 37 mm. Height 12 mm.

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Grading System
Case: 3


Movement: 2|
Dial: 2 - 01


Ref. 3450 Produced in 244 examples from 1981 to 1986 with the caliber 27-460 QPB, the majority in yellow gold, very few in pink or white gold. - First series: leap year display in red on the dial. - Second series: leap year display in Arabic numerals on the dial. Made in very few examples with sapphire crystal back. - Third series; leap year display in Roman numerals on the dial. Similar watches are published in "Collecting Patek Philippe Watches" by M. and O. Patrizzi, Guido Mondani Editore, Genova, 2000, pp. 306-307 , pp. 482-485 and in "Patek Philippe Wristwatches", by Martin Huber and Alan Banbery, 1998 Edition , p. 290.