Exclusive Timepieces October 2021 | Monaco LOT 214

214. Patek Philippe Elegant and Chich Calatrava Wristwatch in Yellow Gold, Reference 3420, With Tropical Dial and Box

Estimate € 4,000 –⁠ 8,000

Sold € 4,810
Lot Description
Model: Calatrava
Reference: 3420
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Leather Strap
Year: 1960's
Movement: Manual
Caliber: 27 AM
Case N°: 430343
Movement N°: 732922
Dimensions: 34 mm
Signed: Dial, movement and case
Accessories: Box

From an artistic point of view, the ’50s are represented by the movement developed in America of Abstract Expressionism whose major exponents are Mark Rothko and of course Jackson Pollock. This movement takes its name from the combination of the emotional and self-expressive intensity of its works of art able to communicate an image of rebellion, anarchic and highly idiosyncratic. On the other side of the ocean, in Switzerland, Patek Philippe was not minimally affected by this current and instead keeping to carry on intact and solid its ideas of linearity and refinemen. Exponent of this idea is the here offered reference 3420, which was in production from 1959 until 1983. Its very thin and elegant case is the perfect representation of Patek’s way of intending a wristwatch that could fit a male wrist for gala occasions: subtile, with concave lugs and small bezel, the yellow gold case is finely preserved with still visible hallmarks. The dial has aged uniformly and heavenly showing a light brown tropical patina with applied baton indexes and baton hands. Furthermore, this watch also comes with Patek Philippe box.