Exclusive Timepieces 7 December 2019 | Monaco LOT 165
Patek Philippe Rare and Elegant Square Manual Winding Wristwatch in Pink Gold, Reference 3430, With Bracelet, Pink Dial, Retailed by Gobbi Milan, Original Certificate and Guarantee
Estimate € 5,000 – 10,000
Material: Pink gold
Reference N°: 3430
Case N°: 2614300
Movement type: Manual
Movement N°: 785792
Bracelet: Pink Gold
Dimensions: 26 mm
Signed: Dial, case and movement
Accessories: certificate of origin and guarantee
The reference 3430 is a very popular component of the Patek Philippe family with a square case and remained in production from 1958 until 1972. The engine that moves its hands is the famous caliber 23–300, one of very few movements manufactured by the Swiss-polish brand to use both an overcoil hairspring and a free-sprung Gyromax balance. The present 3430 is one of the nicest examples we have had the chance to see for all the features its incorporates. First of all the wonderful pink gold integrated bracelet, composed of 5 bands with highly manufactured fishbone pattern. The 18k pink gold square case is simply great for its conditions and still very sharp edges, crisp as they were in 1961 when the watch left Geneva to be sent to Gobbi. That is confirmed by original certificates from both Patek Philippe and Gobbi and by its signature on the fabulous pink dial with applied baton indexes. Gobbi is one of the most important retailers in Italian history, born initially in Modena in 1842 from the desire of the watchmaker Riamondo Gobbi who obtained the title of “Real Court Watchmaker” directly form the Grand Duke in 1852. His younger son, Giuseppe, contributed to the development of the company and in 1896 he moved to Milan, opening his own workshop in Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 15 where is still located nowadays. Very few specimen of 3430 where made with the special configuration pink-on-pink and even less with the special signature of the retailer Gobbi, which means that this is one of the very rare opportunity to purchase a special wristwatch made by Patek Philippe.
Accompanied by a Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin confirming the calibre, movement, reference, case material and the sale in 1961.