1965 Patek Philippe Gondolo Ultra-Thin Yellow Gold - FULL SET - Ref. 3491
A fine and rare yellow gold ultra-Thin Patek Philippe
WHY IS THIS WATCH SPECIAL
This particular example has a perfect silver white dial with black roman numerals and baton hands. It has a comfortable yet elegant presence on the wrist, as the solidly unpolished rectangular gold case commands attention. This classical Patek Philippe comes as a 'Full Set', with its original solid 18K gold pinbucle, Patek Philippe aligator strap, original box and extract from the archives.
1839: Antoine Patek, a Polish businessman, and François Czapek, a Czech watchmaker, established Patek, Czapek & Cie in Geneva.
1851: Jean-Adrien Philippe became a partner in the company he had joined in 1844. Following the departure of François Czapek, it was renamed Patek Philippe & Cie.
1932: Dialmakers Charles and Jean Stern bought the company, which became Patek Philippe SA. It still belongs to the Stern family.
Patek Philippe belongs to the very small circle of historical Fine Watch brands. Established in 1839, since 1932 it has been in the hands of the Stern family. From its earliest days, Patek Philippe showed a remarkable capacity for innovation and excelled in the artisanship required to create a beautiful watch. This dual expertise was backed by sharp business acumen. Patek Philippe quickly became a favourite among a wealthy international clientele who commissioned bespoke watches from the Manufacture. One of these discerning patrons, the American financier Henry Graves, took delivery in 1934 of a pocket watch with 24 complications, a record for that era.
Placing quality uppermost, for many years Patek Philippe had its watches certified by the Poinçon de Genève. In 2009 it instead created its own standard of quality, the Patek Philippe Seal, which applies to every stage from the manufacturing to the sale of the watch. Since the mid-2000s, Patek Philippe has dominated the auction market. The Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva holds one of the richest private collections of timepieces in the world.
Based in Geneva but with production sites spread throughout the Arc Jurassien, Patek Philippe is renowned for its command of complications, in particular striking watches. While perpetuating traditional watchmaking skills, it also embraces new technologies, such as silicon. Accordingly, in 2011 Patek Philippe endowed a research chair in micro- and nanotechnologies at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.
- Maker: Patek Philippe
- Model: Gondolo
- Reference: 3491
- Case N°: 2.645.7XX
- Year: 1965
- Material: Solid 18k Yellow Gold
- Dimentions (WxHxT): 26x37x5mm
- Caliber: 175
- Bracelet/Strap: Patek Philippe Black aligator & Original solid 18K pinbuckle
- Lug width: 18mm
- Box/Papers: Patek Philippe box & Extract from the archives
THE IMPORTANT DETAILS
We particularly appreciate the classical design of this wristwatch. The yellow gold ultra-thin case gives an unbeatable exclusive touch. This watch can be worn everyday and for more formal occasions.
The dial of this reference 3491 is beautiful and largely devoid of flaws, with a well-balanced and simple layout. The case doesn't show any scratches and unpolished, it still has its original delicate satinated finish and sharp angles. The crown is stamped with the Patek Calatrava Cross.
This timepiece is signed Patek Philippe on the dial, case, movement, strap and on the 18k solid gold pin buckle.
The watch comes with its box and extract from the archives.