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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Hong Kong, Jun 25, 2010

LOT 430

Patek Philippe Pink Gold Ref. 3974 Patek Philippe, Genève, movement No. 1906078, case No. 2867102, Ref. 3974R. Made in 1992, sold on June 22nd, 1993. Extremely fine, rare and important, minute-repeating, astronomic, self-winding, 18K pink gold wristwatch with perpetual calendar, moon phases and an 18K pink gold Patek Philippe buckle. Accompanied by a fitted Patek Philippe winding box, the Extract from the Archives, an additional 18k pink gold solid case back and push pin.

C. Three-body, solid, polished, stepped bezel, transparent case back, sapphire crystals. D. Matte silvered gold with applied pink gold baton indexes, subsidiary dials for the days of the month, of the week, the 24-hours with day/night indication, the months and the leap year, aperture for the moon phases. Pink gold dauphine hands. M. Cal. R 27 Q, stamped with the Seal of Geneva Quality Mark, rhodium-plated, fausses cotes decoration, 39 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, free-sprung Gyromax balance adjusted to heat, cold, isochronism and 5 positions, shock absorber, self-compensating flat balance spring, 22K gold micro-rotor, repeating on gongs by activating slide on the band. Dial, case and movement signed. Diam. 36 mm. Thickness 12 mm.

HKD 2,100,000 - 2,700,000

USD 270,000 - 350,000 / EUR 220,000 - 280,000

Sold: HKD 3,960,000

Grading System
Case: 2

Very good

Movement: 1*

As new

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 1-01

As new

HANDS Original


Ref. 3974 Production of this reference started in 1989 and ceased in 1997. It was launched to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Patek Philippe firm and made in a small series of watches in 18K yellow gold, pink gold, and white gold, with very few examples in platinum. The Ref. 3974 utilizes the caliber R 27 Q, featuring 467 components and bearing the serial number 1906000. The movement is a technical exploit, incorporating a micro-rotor oscillating mass, together with a minuterepeating mechanism and a perpetual calendar, in a 12 1/2''' format. The first example of Ref. 3974 is illustrated in ?Patek Philippe Wristwatches?, Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, 1998, p. 325.