Gold Patek Philippe Ref. 3415 vintage wristwatch, made in 1960
A very fine and rare 18ct yellow gold automatic wristwatch with Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives
Reference 3415 was in production for an extremely short period of time, from approximately 1958 until 1960 when it was replaced by the Ref. 3429. In 2007, Sotheby’s noted that only 20 examples of the model had been identified as having re-appeared at the major auction houses.
The present example of the 3415 is in lovely condition with clear hallmarking to the sides of the lugs and case which illustrate how well the watch has been well looked after. The watch retains its original, heavily embossed Patek Philippe crown. Looking at the profile view of the watch, one is struck by the pronounced down-turn of the lugs which lower the placement of the strap to the base of the case, allowing the body of the watch to stand proud of the band and thereby exaggerating the classic and crisp circularity of its case. The bezel is flat and has a stepped inner edge to accommodate the crystal whilst the case back is threaded and screws into the upper body. The silvered dial retains the original finish with a light grey tone, applied gold indexes and hands and the signature and subsidiary seconds track are printed in hard black enamel.
Significantly, this model incorporates Patek Philippe’s first automatic calibre movement, the 12-600 AT which was first introduced in 1953 and was famously used in the Ref. 2526 upon its launch in the same year. Patek Philippe had spent years researching and developing their first automatic movement and were surprisingly late in introducing the automatic watch to their repertoire. However the result was, of course, an exceptionally produced movement with incredible finishing, Geneva striped plates and the incorporation of a heavy and large 18ct yellow gold rotor that was beautifully guilloché engraved. At a time long before the popularity of crystal display backs, the attention to detail is astonishing when one considers that the owner was not intended to view or inspect the movement.
Extract from the Patek Philippe Archives
The accompanying Extract from the Patek Philippe Archives confirms that this watch was made in 1960 and sold on September 29th, the same year.
Patek Philippe calibre 12-600AT automatic Geneva striped movement, stamped twice with the Seal of Geneva, lever escapement, 30 jewels, 18ct yellow gold guilloché rotor with polished chamfered edge, gyromax balance, 19,800 BPH, precision regulation, shock absorber; silvered dial, applied gold indexes and hands, the signature and seconds track in black enamel print; 18ct yellow gold circular case, flat bezel with stepped inner edge, down-turned lugs with flat sides, gold embossed PP crown, screw-down case back; case, dial, movement, rotor and crown signed.
Diameter excluding winding crown: 35mm
Length including lugs: 39.5mm
Depth to centre of crystal: 11mm
Strap width/lug gauge: 18mm
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