Description

    Patek Philippe Very Rare And Important Ref. 3974J Yellow Gold Automatic Perpetual Calendar Minute Repeating Wristwatch With Moon Phases, circa 1991




    Case: 18k yellow gold, three body, No. 2900787, solid, stepped and rounded bezel, 36 mm, transparent case back, fluted lugs, gold slide on the band, sapphire crystals, lug marked JPH for Jean-Pierre Hagmann
    Dial: matte silver with applied gold faceted baton indexes, subsidiary dials for the days of the month, of the week, the 24-hour indication, the months and the leap year, aperture for the moon phases, yellow gold Dauphine hands
    Movement: caliber R 27 Q, No. 1906046, automatic movement stamped with the Geneve seal, 39 jewels, Glucydur Gyromax balance adjusted to heat, cold, isochronism and five positions, self-compensating free-sprung flat balance spring, engine turned 22k gold micro-rotor, pierced gold Calatrava cross over the repeat governor, fausses cotes decoration, steel hammers striking on two gongs activated from a slide on the case rim
    Band: brown with original Patek Philippe plated buckle
    Signed: Patek Philippe Geneve, with Extract from the Archives stating date of manufacture as 1991 and date of sale July 25th, 1991

    Note: The reference 3974 was produced together with the Star Calibre in 1989 to celebrate Patek Philippe's 150th anniversary. According to early 1990's Patek Philippe publications, each watch required four years of development and assembly with 467 individual parts. The 3974 was manufactured in very small numbers, approximately only 90 made in yellow gold. This sought after reference ceased production in 2002 and it is one of the most desirable minute repeaters. The watch is a masterpiece that appeals to dedicated vintage and modern collectors. It is one of finest, truly legendary, wristwatches produced in the 20th century.


    Condition Report*:

    Type: Patek Philippe Very Rare And Important Ref. 3974J Yellow Gold Automatic Perpetual Calendar Minute Repeating Wristwatch With Moon Phases, circa 1991
    Dial: silvered, applied gold faceted baton indexes
    Hands; yellow gold Dauphine hands
    Metal: 18k yellow gold
    Case No: 2900787
    Case Info: three body, transparent case back, JPH mark
    Case Width: 36 mm
    Crystal: sapphires
    Watch Movement: caliber R 27 Q, No. 1906046, automatic movement stamped with the Geneve seal, 39 jewels, Glucydur Gyromax balance adjusted to heat, cold, isochronism and five positions, self-compensating free-sprung flat balance spring, engine turned 22k gold micro-rotor, pierced gold Calatrava cross over the repeat governor, fausses cotes decoration, steel hammers striking on two gongs activated from a slide on the case rim
    Band: brown, original Patek Philippe plated buckle
    Circa: 1991
    Condition: movement is very good, running well and chiming with excellent tone, dial is superb, case is very good, strap is as new


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    The Louis Suite
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