Exclusive Timepieces 7 December 2019 | Monaco LOT 86
Patek Philippe Extremely Rare and Attractive Calatrava Automatic Wristwatch in Pink Gold, Reference 3433, With Silver Subsidiary Seconds Dial, Fluted Lugs and Patek Philippe Bracelet
Estimate € 20,000 – 40,000
Material: Pink Gold
Reference N°: 3433
Case N°: 2614441
Movement type: Automatic
Movement N°: 1110708
Bracelet: Pink Gold
Dimensions: 35.5 mm
Signed: Dial, case and movement
Accessories: Extract from the archives
Further exponent of the Calatrava family, the reference 3433 wristwatch surprises for its simple elegance and clean beauty. This specific model was launched by Patek Philippe in 1960 replacing the previous reference 2551: to distinguish them are not so much the slightest difference in size (35 mm versus 36) but the style of the edges, much more sharp than those of 2551 compared to the more tapered of 3433. The caliber equipped on this model is the automatic 27–460. The here offered 3433 specimen is remarkable for its beauty and conservation: the case, produced by Wenger, is nice with a screw back still uncut, crisp fluted lugs and stepped bezel. Part of the early production, the present watch features a “PP” crown whereas the later examples bear the Calatrava cross. The pink gold bracelet it’s precious for its beautiful engraved decoration. The satiné silver dial, supplied by Stern Frères is perfect with applied pink gold indexes, which recall the material used for the whole watch, and the auxiliary seconds dial at 6 o’clock. Superbly preserved by the last owner, as demonstrated by the excellent proportions of the lugs, this watch is a remarkable piece for every Patek Philippe’s collection.
With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1961 and its subsequent sale on 27 November 1961.