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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Geneva, Mar 17, 2013

LOT 547

PATEK PHILIPPE REF. 3970 WHITE GOLD WITH ARABIC NUMERALS ? FIRST AT AUCTION Patek Philippe, Geneve, movement No. 875854, case No. 2895995, Ref. 3970EG. Made circa 2003. Very fine and important, water-resistant, 18K white gold wristwatch with round button chronograph, register, perpetual calendar, moon phases, leap year, 24-hour indication and an 18K white gold Patek Philippe deployant clasp. Accompanied by a Patek Philippe box, spare solid 18K white gold back and push-pin.

C. Three-body, solid, polished, concave bezel, fluted lugs, transparent screw-down case back, sapphire crystals. D. Silver with applied white gold Arabic numerals and dot indexes, subsidiary dials for the seconds and the 30-minute register, the days of the month, the 24 hours and the leap year, aperture for the days of the week, the months and the moon phases, outer 1/5 seconds/minute divisions. White gold feuille hands. M. Cal. CH 27-70/155 Q, stamped with the Seal of Geneva quality mark, rhodium plated, fausses cotes decoration, 24 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, Gyromax balance adjusted to heat, cold, isochronism and 8 positions, shock absorber, self compensating free-sprung Breguet balance spring. Dial, case and movement signed. DIAM. 36 mm. THICKNESS 13 mm.

CHF 100,000 - 200,000

USD 108,000 - 217,000 / EUR 80,000 - 160,000

Sold: CHF 164,500

Grading System
Case: 2

Very good

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 1-01

As new

HANDS Original


The present watch would appear to be the first of the reference 3970 in white gold with Arabic numerals to be offered at auction. All other publically known examples have a dial with the more usual baton indexes.
Detail of the original certificate confirming its original delivery with gold Arabic indexes.