Spotlight on the Patek Philippe Ref. #3450
Patek Philippe is one of the most highly regarded and well known watch brands in the world. Their long history of creating some of the most complicated, elegant, and impressive watches has gained them a strong following of the most passionate collectors. Today we are looking at the yellow gold Patek Philippe reference 3450, an automatic perpetual calendar with moon phases and a leap year indicator.
The reference 3450 distinguishes itself from its predecessor (the ref. 3448) with an upgraded movement, a leap year window between 3 & 4 o’clock, a sapphire crystal and a caseback with a snap on latch. Most notable on this piece is the added leap year window displaying 4 different years. This piece is part of a limited production. It is believed that as few as 20 of the ref. #3450 perpetual calendar were produced by Patek Philippe which is why this is such a unique example. 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 in perfect condition in its original Patek Philippe presentation box.
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 moonphase 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 caseback. 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.
The reference #: 3450 can be viewed, among all others, at our Manhattan gallery, APR57. If you like Patek Philippe you will like our radio show. Tune into WOR 710 AM, every Sunday evening between 8pm-9pm.If you have anything you would like to sell or have appraised please contact us. We are the only free appraisal service in town and we would love to tell you more about your piece.