Exclusive Timepieces 7 December 2019 | Monaco LOT 131
Patek Philippe Elegant and Precious Rectangular-Shaped Wristwatch in White Gold, With Silver Dial and Diamond Set-Bezel
Estimate € 18,000 – 35,000
Material: White gold
Reference N°: 3406/2
Case N°: 2630093
Movement type: Manual
Movement N°: 795430
Bracelet: white gold
Signed: Dial, case and movement
Accessories: Extract from the Archives
With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in white gold in 1965 and its subsequent sale on 3 November 1965.
The universe of Patek Philippe is studded with watches very heterogeneous among them. Splitseconds, moon phases, chronographs, calendars are just few of the complications equipped on some watches. Nevertheless many Patek’s models very appreciated by passionates are simple in complication and design. A fine rectangular case with time only indication secretly hides an historic beauty capable of gaining support and compliments. The reference 3406/2 here offered made by Patek Philippe is for sure part of this list of watches with a rather unusual and intriguing design. This is a rare reference which seldom appears at auction. In production from 1959 only for a handful of years, is equipped with the respected and small Patek Philippe hand wound calibre 23–300, perfect for the popular Calatrava and similar small watches produced in the 1950’s and 1960’s such as the present one. The 3406/2 offered is very nice for condition and characteristics. The beautiful integrated bracelet has been realized in 18k white gold with thicker edges, a charming “dotted” decoration and the original clasp with the Calatrava cross logo of Patek. The rectangular case is something different from what people have been used to see in the 50’s - 60’s: in fact, Patek Philippe opted for a double frame in white gold for each side: the first, external and slightly shorter, with masterly executed engine-turned guillochè decoration. The second one, internal and longer, is embellished with 15 brilliant-cut diamonds. The argentè dial with applied baton markers has that fanè charm that only certain types of watches possess, with an oxidation principle at 10 o’clock that gives character and personality. This watch is the perfect representation of Patek’s elegance e craftsmanship.