Patek Philippe. A very fine and very rare 18ct rose gold and diamond black dial manual wind perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch together with fitted Patek Philippe box, setting tool and Extract from Archives Ref:3971E, Case No.2870012, Movement No.875483, Made 1989, Sold January 18th, 1990
Lot 193
Patek Philippe. A very fine and very rare 18ct rose gold and diamond black dial manual wind perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch together with fitted Patek Philippe box, setting tool and Extract from Archives Ref:3971E, Case No.2870012, Movement No.875483, Made 1989, Sold January 18th, 1990
Sold for £94,850 (US$ 159,330) inc. premium
Lot Details
Patek Philippe. A very fine and very rare 18ct rose gold and diamond black dial manual wind perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch together with fitted Patek Philippe box, setting tool and Extract from Archives
Ref:3971E, Case No.2870012, Movement No.875483, Made 1989, Sold January 18th, 1990
24-jewel Cal.27-70Q manual wind chronograph movement adjusted to heat, cold, isochronism and 8 positions and signed Patek Philippe on the bridge, Gyromax balance with shock-absorption, gloss black dial with diamond dot hourly markers and outer white printed white seconds track, rose gold Fieulle hands and black chronograph hand, white printed subsidiary dials for running seconds and 24 hour indication, 30 minute register with leap year indication and date combined with moon phases, date date apertures at 12, round polished rose gold case screw on glazed exhibition back, setting buttons on the band between the lugs at 12 and 6, down-turned lugs, round twin chronograph pushers flanking the crown, fitted factory leather strap with 18ct rose gold Patek Philippe buckle, together with fitted Patek Philippe presentation box, Patek Philippe setting tool, together with Extract from Archives and leather wallet, case, dial and movement signed
36mm.

Footnotes

  • The Reference 3970 was introduced to replace the successful model Reference 2499, which had been produced from 1951 to 1985. The Reference 3971 was fitted with a sapphire back but shortly after, the reference number of this model was standardised to the Reference 3970 and was offered with both types of case back. Therefore production was small and pink gold examples of the reference are extremely rare.

    When the Reference 3970 and 3971 were first introduced, Patek Philippe would upon special request allow a customer to order a custom dial, such as this black dial example with diamond hour markers. The dial changes were normally after the original sale and this resulted in some interesting and extremely rare case and dial combinations. The 3970 and 3971 are now considered classic examples with rare dial combinations, highly prized by the discerning collector.
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