An Exclusive Look into the Very Rare Patek Phillippe Supercomplicated Perpetual Wristwatch
Patek Phillippe, one of the oldest watch manufacturers in the world, has served an outstanding and uninterrupted watchmaking history since its founding. To many, they are viewed as the “Rolls Royce” of watches. The company was founded in 1839 in Geneva, Switzerland and was promised by its founders, Antoine Norbert de Patek and Adrien Philippe as being the world’s finest and most creative watch manufacturers in the world. Patek and Phillipe, are more than well known for being the most prestigious watch crafters according to world class connoisseurs and are infamously known for the manufactures, and designs for some of the most creatively complicated mechanical functions to exist in a timepiece.
As stated previously, Patek Phillippe is the first ever timepiece manufacturer to have the most advanced and technical functions in history. For reference, In 1999 a supercomlicated Patek Phillipe pocket watch acquired an amazing auction value of $11,000,000 USD. At the Sotheby’s auction which was held in 2014, that same Supercomplication Patek Phillippe pocket watch, was valued at an astonishing $24,000,000.00 USD! This exclusive and record setting watch attracted the eyes of luxury financial world journalists, and elite time piece collectors from around the globe. Since 2014, and the 175th anniversary of the Swiss watch makers, the value of Patek Phillippe supercomplicated watches grew tremendously, and will continue to increase in value.
. PATEK PHILIPPE Ref. #3450 Perpetual Calendar 18KYG Rare 1980s
Here at APR57, we have acquired one of twenty of the exclusive supercomplicated Perpetual Calendar 18 yellow karat gold wristwatches from Patek Phillippe. We were fortunate enough to acquire this wristwatch from a woman who was gifted this watch by her grandfather 40 years ago, who had purchased it the year it was released, dating back to 1985. This timepiece was one of the first ever supercomplicated perpetual Patek Phillippe wrist watches to be built. It is truly an extraordinary watch which features perpetual watch mechanics. The “perpetual” in an Oyster Perpetual Movement refers to the ability of the watch to run on the energy provided by the motion of the wearer's wrist rather than manual winding. Based off the natural movement of the wrists. These watches ultimately span over many lifetimes. This unique Patek Phillippe watch is defined as triple signed, meaning when an appraiser or collector looks at a watch, he wants to be sure that the watch is manufactured by the actual manufacturer. For a watch to be “triple signed” that means that the manufacturer name (or trademark) is stamped on the case (most often the inside or outside of the case back), movement and dial. You can also find names and trademarks on other parts, such as the crystal or crown, and on the strap and/or buckle, or bracelet. If you are looking for originality, you’ll want to acknowledge the triple sign, should you find a particular timepiece that interests you!
When taking a closer look at the dial you will notice the detail of signage by the Patek Phillippe manufacturer, also viewing the case, you can see the signage of the manufacturer there as well. Furthermore, the movement feature is also signed by the manufacturer, Patek Phillippe. These signs confirm the buyer that this wristwatch is triple signed. The current condition of this rare 1985 Patek Phillippe Perpetual watch has an appraisal value of $600,000.00
Patek Philippe only made very few models of this incredibly rare grand complication, as one of their most highly desired models to ever leave the Geneva workshops, all the remaining examples have proved exceptional investments but very few retain their original certificate of origin like this one! This stunning piece features a round 18K Yellow Gold case that measures approximately 40mm (case to crown) x 12mm (high). Behind the crystal is a superb white dial with day and month indicator under 12 o'clock, date dial at 6 o’clock, and a monophase sub-dial at 6 o'clock. The dial also has non-numeric gold-tone hour indexes and matching gold-tone hands.
This watch also has a solid 18K Yellow Gold case back. The watch is complete with its original Patek Philippe brown leather strap that measures approximately 20mm (wide) and can fit up to a 9-inch wrist. This beautiful strap is enclosed by its original signed 18K Yellow Gold tang buckle.
We are selling this incredible timepiece on behalf of the original owner, who received it from his father in the 1980s. This watch is approximately 40 years old but remains still in an untouched BRAND NEW Condition in its original Patek Philippe presentation box. It is one of the rarest watches ever made. Only 20 copies of this Ref. #3450 Perpetual Calendar exist. This is a truly spectacular timepiece that could easily become a family heirloom!
You are always invited to come to our Brand New Gallery, APR57, located at 200 West 57th Street in New York City, to buy, appraise, or sell your watches. We have more than 100 years of combined experience in appraising all items of value. We buy, sell, trade, and appraise antiquities, bullion, jewelry, memorabilia, watches, and more. We offer special wholesale prices to dealers and investors across the globe!
Please note that we can resize virtually any watch to your exact size specifications prior to shipping.
The watch comes with its original box, all the instruction booklets with original tags on, and 2 original certificates from Patek Philippe, including anOriginal Archive CertificateandCertificate of Origin.
This watch also comes with: FREE $600,000.00 Certified Insurance Appraisal & FREE 2-year International Guarantee!