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7 December 2019 | Monaco

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Patek Philippe Very Rare and Elegant “Calatrava” Automatic Wristwatch in Steel, Reference 3466, With Cream Subsidiary Seconds Dial, Original Box, Envelope and Certificate

Estimate € 20,000 – 40,000

Sold € 26,000

Model: Calatrava
Material: Stainless Steel
Reference N°: 3466
Year: 1968
Case N°: 2638816
Caliber: 27.460
Movement type: Automatic
Movement N°: 1114091
Bracelet: Leather Strap
Dimensions: 35 mm
Signed: Dial, case and movement
Accessories: box, envelope and certificate of origin

With Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin confirming the movement, case material, caliber, refrence and the sale in 1968.
Less than 1000 examples produced, approximately only 8 years of manufacturing and jut one material used: these are some of the features that define to reference 3466. From 1962 to 1970 Patek Philippe has ventured into the production of this particular model setting aside precious materials such as yellow or rose gold or platinum in favor of the humble, practical and always appreciated stainless steel. The present lot is an example of one of the later models, attested by the flatter case back and printed signature on the dial. The solid, straight and sharp lugs are what characterize more this appreciated model together with its caliber, the 27–460, also know among collectors as “la grande dame des automatiques Suisse,” with its full 18k yellow gold rotor, beautifully and lavishly engine-turned which remained in production until 1985. It’s important to consider how strange is the combination of such a precious movement on a “simple” stainless steel wristwatch such as the 3466. The present example also features a very nice argentè dial with elegant and charming patina with a light pink color. Nowadays stainless steel Patek Philippe watches are highly collectable and the present one is a good opportunity to own a very beautiful example in seemingly unpolished condition with its original Certificate of Origin with envelope and presentation box.