Exclusive Timepieces 7 December 2019 | Monaco LOT 114
Patek Philippe Extremely Rare Square-Shape Automatic Wristwatch in Yellow Gold, Reference 3485, With Silver Dial, Retailed by Jost Genova
Estimate € 12,000 – 25,000
Material: Yellow Gold
Reference N°: 3485
Case N°: 2645145
Caliber: 27–460 M
Movement type: Automatic
Movement N°: 1232858
Bracelet: Leather Strap
Signed: Dial, case and movement
Accessories: Extract from the archives
Perhaps using the common idea that “every watch is a work of art” Patek Philippe has taken inspiration to recreate a true picture on the wrist of its customers. The case’s shape of the reference 3485 offer here indeed clearly recalls the frame of a painting. In production from 1963 to 1970, the finishes of this particular model surprise at every single glance. The tiny inclined lugs are welded to a stepped case in yellow gold with still perfectly preserved and sharp edges. The movement is the automatic caliber 27–460. The dial reflects a work of minimalist art with its simple composition: silver background untouched, applied baton index in yellow gold, slim hands, separated second’s counters at 6 o’clock and right in its middle, the precious signature Jost. Is not known exactly when this shop opened to the public, but the business originated from the will of a Swiss gentleman who adopted Genova as his home, to give free rein to his passion for watches. This is how Bernardo Jost opened his shop and became the official Patek Philippe retailer in piazza Corvetto 9, Genova. He owned the title till 1970’s when Mr. Carlo Fasolo bought it keeping the name. After his disappearance in 2013 the shop was definitely closed but it is still considered an institution of the city of Genova.
Accompanied by a Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in yellow gold in 1974 and its subsequent sale on 13 May 1981.