Exclusive Timepieces 17 October 2021 | Monaco

Auction Details

It is with great pleasure that we present you our new catalogue of fall 2021. A wonderful journey through the world of watch collecting.

Morning Session:
10:30 AM CEST – lots 100 to 169
Afternoon Session:
2:30 PM CEST – lots 170 to 288

211 Patek Philippe Very Rare and Elegant “Calatrava” Automatic Wristwatch in Steel, Reference 3466, With Original Untouched Tropical Dial, Original Box, Envelope and Certificate

Estimate: € 25,000 –⁠ 50,000

Lot Description

Model: Calatrava
Reference: 3466
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Bracelet Material: Leather Strap
Year: 1968
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 27-460
Case N°: 2638816
Movement N°: 1114091
Dimensions: 35 mm
Signed: Dial, movement and case
Accessories: Original Certificate, Envelope and Box

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 just 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.