Patek Philippe. A fine 18K gold manual wind perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phase Ref: 3970EJ-014, Purchased 5th September 2003

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Patek Philippe. A fine 18K gold manual wind perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phase
Ref: 3970EJ-014, Purchased 5th September 2003

£ 50,000 - 70,000
US$ 65,000 - 92,000
Patek Philippe. A fine 18K gold manual wind perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phase
Reference: 3970EJ-014
Date: Purchased 5th September 2003
Movement: 24-jewel Cal.CH27-70Q manual wind, adjusted to heat, cold, isochronism & 8 positions, freesprung Gyromax balance, Seal of Geneva, No.3046293
Dial: Silvered, applied gold bullet hour markers, black outer 1/5th second divisions, subsidiary dials at 3, 6 and 9 for constant seconds with 24 hour indication, 30 minute recording with leap year indication, date with moon phase indication, apertures for day and month at 12, gold pointed baton hands, blued steel centre chronograph hand
Case: Brushed and polished round, screw down exhibition back, round chronograph pushers, quick set buttons at 7, 10 and 12, down-turned lugs, No.4125982
Strap/Bracelet: Brown Patek Philippe alligator leather
Buckle/Clasp: Signed 18K gold deployant clasp
Signed: Case, dial & movement
Size: 36mm x 35mm
Accompaniments: Patek Philippe presentation box, spare solid 18K gold back, quick set tool

Footnotes

  • Reference 3970 was introduced to the market in 1986, and produced through to 2004 when it was replaced by the 5970. Produced in much larger quantities than its predecessors, references 2499 and 1518, it nevertheless has enjoyed immense popularity amongst collectors for both the overall design of the watch and for using the movement caliber CH 27-70 Q. Produced in all four metals, the reference 3970 was also the first time a perpetual calendar chronograph was cased in white gold by Patek Philippe.

    The 3970 can be categorised into 4 separate series, each bearing slightly different characteristics. The current lot hails from the Fourth series which ran from 1996 to 2004 when the model was discontinued. Similar to the Third series, Fourth series 3970s are classed with an 'E' referring to 'etance' which translates as 'waterproof'. These models came with both a sapphire crystal display screw back and a solid screw back.
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Patek Philippe. A fine 18K gold manual wind perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phase Ref: 3970EJ-014, Purchased 5th September 2003
Patek Philippe. A fine 18K gold manual wind perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phase Ref: 3970EJ-014, Purchased 5th September 2003
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