Exclusive Timepieces & Jewels 17 July 2019 | Monaco LOT 61
Patek Philippe An extraordinary and sought after Patek Philippe reference 3940 First Series in yellow gold with perpetual calendar, moon phases and original certificate
Estimate € 29,000 – 58,000
Model: Grand Complication
Material: yellow gold
Reference N°: 3940
Case N°: 2884589
Movement N°: 772155
Bracelet: leather strap
Dimensions: 36 mm
Accompanied by a Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin confirming the material of the present watch in gold 18 kt, argentè dial with applied gold hour markers and its subsequent sale on December 17th 1990.
The reference 3940 represents one of the most iconic perpetual calendars ever produced by Patek Philippe and is destined to remain among the watches that made the history of the Swiss-Polish brand. A first series was produced between 1984 and 1985 in just 25 pieces for the 225th anniversary of the retailer Beyer Zurich but it was not until 1986 that this reference officially became part of the production and discontinued in 2007. Substitute of the reference 3450, the 3940 was initially available only in yellow-gold while later was also produced in rose or white gold and platinum. The elegance and proportions of this watch are one of the distinctive features of the model which, more than many others, fully represents Patek Philippe’s style. The yellow-gold case of the lot offered here is exceptional, with a slight oxidation that slowly begins to take over the edges and the handles. The creamy-white dial is a first series, as you can see by the position of the word “Swiss” below the seconds and minutes indexes. The sunken subsidiary dials for 24-hour indication, day, month, leap year, moon phase and date make up a perfect picture completed by the signature at 12 o’clock. An icon and a piece of history is offered here for true lovers and enthusiasts.