1985 Patek Philippe Ellipse Automatic -Yellow Gold - FULL SET - Ref. 3734
A fine and rare yellow gold ultra-Thin automatic Patek Philippe
WHY IS THIS WATCH SPECIAL
The design of the Ellipse has remained fairly unchanged over the decades, but the combination of a two stepped more square case with faceted dauphine hands is a rarer version compared to the more ubiquitous 18k-yellow-gold version “Golden Ellipse”. Introduced in 1968, its case design was based on the golden ratio derived by the ancient Greek mathematicians using the ratio of 1/1.6181 which humans find innately appealing. Within its sleek case construction, it is fitted with Patek Philippe’s signature 310SC Automatic movement showcasing its technical watchmaking ingenuity. The satin white dial with gold applied indexes against the yellow-gold case creates an understated elegance which can be appreciated in any setting, but would look especially sharp at a black tie event.
This classical Patek Philippe comes as a 'Full Set', meaning with its original box and guarantee.
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: Ellipse
- Reference: 3734
- Case N°: 2.817.0xx
- Year: 1985
- Material: Solid 18k Yellow Gold
- Dimentions (WxHxT): 33x38x7mm
- Caliber: 310 SC
- Bracelet/Strap: Black leather
- Lug width: 20mm
- Box/Papers: Patek Philippe box & Original guarantee
THE IMPORTANT DETAILS
We particularly appreciate the classical design of this wristwatch, the 33mm case with a more square shape gives a nice presence on the wrist. This watch can be worn everyday and for more formal occasions.
The unpolished case doesn't show any noticeable scratches and the crown is stamped with the Patek Calatrava Cross.
The watch comes with its box and original guarantee.