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Patek Philippe. Very Well Preserved and Extremely Rare, Padellone, Perpetual Calendar, Automatic...

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Estimate € 140000 - 280000
A 20% import VAT is due on the final price including premium, only if it is delivered within the EU

Model: Padellone
Reference: 3448
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Leather Strap
Year: 1971
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 27-460 Q
Case N°: 325524
Movement N°: 1119168
Dimensions: 37.5 mm
Signed: Dial, Movement and Case
Accessories: Box, Certificate of Origin and Envelope

In the horological landscape of 1962, Patek Philippe boldly introduced the reference 3448, a groundbreaking timepiece that marked a significant leap in watchmaking history. Not only was it the first automatic perpetual calendar wristwatch produced in series by any manufacturer, but it also distinguished itself with an elegantly oversized and slim case crafted by the skilled hands of Antoine Gerlach. Replacing its predecessors, the manually wound references 1526 and 2497, the reference 3448 showcased the exquisite caliber 27–460 Q (“Q” for Quantiême), an automatic movement built on Patek’s first automatic caliber 12–600 AT introduced in 1953. In 1981, the model made way for the reference 3450, which introduced a leap year indication, but it is the reference 3448, affectionately nicknamed the “Padellone” by Italian collectors, that continues to capture the hearts of connoisseurs. Adored for its oversized 37.5 mm diameter case with clean, angular lines, and a symmetrical, balanced dial, the reference 3448 is a testament to timeless design and technical innovation. Of the 586 examples produced, mainly were cased in yellow gold, only around 130 were cased in white gold, 2 in platinum and 1 in pink gold are known to exist to date. The present watch, manufactured in yellow gold in 1971, stands as a marvel of preservation, with sharp lines, well-defined lugs, and crisp gold hallmarks. The dial, a work of art in itself, features indelible ink, beady divisions, baton and square indexes, and a deep blue moon phase that adds a touch of enchantment. What elevates this particular watch to a truly sensational level is the fact that, over 50 years later, it is accompanied by its certificate of origin and box. Such a feature is a rarity in the world of vintage watches, making this timepiece not only sought after but an exceptionally attractive prospect for collectors hungry for rare and exceptional objects. In the symphony of horological achievements, the Patek Philippe 3448 plays a distinctive and enduring note, and this greatly preserved specimen with its original accessories is a prized melody that resonates through time.

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Estimate € 140000 - 280000
A 20% import VAT is due on the final price including premium, only if it is delivered within the EU

Model: Padellone
Reference: 3448
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Leather Strap
Year: 1971
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 27-460 Q
Case N°: 325524
Movement N°: 1119168
Dimensions: 37.5 mm
Signed: Dial, Movement and Case
Accessories: Box, Certificate of Origin and Envelope

In the horological landscape of 1962, Patek Philippe boldly introduced the reference 3448, a groundbreaking timepiece that marked a significant leap in watchmaking history. Not only was it the first automatic perpetual calendar wristwatch produced in series by any manufacturer, but it also distinguished itself with an elegantly oversized and slim case crafted by the skilled hands of Antoine Gerlach. Replacing its predecessors, the manually wound references 1526 and 2497, the reference 3448 showcased the exquisite caliber 27–460 Q (“Q” for Quantiême), an automatic movement built on Patek’s first automatic caliber 12–600 AT introduced in 1953. In 1981, the model made way for the reference 3450, which introduced a leap year indication, but it is the reference 3448, affectionately nicknamed the “Padellone” by Italian collectors, that continues to capture the hearts of connoisseurs. Adored for its oversized 37.5 mm diameter case with clean, angular lines, and a symmetrical, balanced dial, the reference 3448 is a testament to timeless design and technical innovation. Of the 586 examples produced, mainly were cased in yellow gold, only around 130 were cased in white gold, 2 in platinum and 1 in pink gold are known to exist to date. The present watch, manufactured in yellow gold in 1971, stands as a marvel of preservation, with sharp lines, well-defined lugs, and crisp gold hallmarks. The dial, a work of art in itself, features indelible ink, beady divisions, baton and square indexes, and a deep blue moon phase that adds a touch of enchantment. What elevates this particular watch to a truly sensational level is the fact that, over 50 years later, it is accompanied by its certificate of origin and box. Such a feature is a rarity in the world of vintage watches, making this timepiece not only sought after but an exceptionally attractive prospect for collectors hungry for rare and exceptional objects. In the symphony of horological achievements, the Patek Philippe 3448 plays a distinctive and enduring note, and this greatly preserved specimen with its original accessories is a prized melody that resonates through time.

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