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Parthian Watch Company

Patek Philippe 3940 Series 1, 1985, Very Rare, Full Set, Great Condition

Patek Philippe 3940 Series 1, 1985, Very Rare, Full Set, Great Condition

Regular price $98,500.00
Regular price Sale price $98,500.00
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This rare, yellow-gold Patek Philippe 3940, from 1985 is one of the earliest examples of the iconic reference.  When Ref 3940 was introduced in 1985, Philippe Stern the owner of the company Philippe Stern took delivery of a prototype that he wears every day for himself. The next 25 watches were sold to Patek’s longtime retail partner Beyer, with the Beyer name on the dial. Bearing number 033 on the movement, our example is one of the handful of examples made after the initial release.

Despite the fact that some scholars consider the 3940 the face of modern Patek Philippe, the reference was fairly accessible until recently … even after it was discontinued in 2006.  Prices have climbed steadily in the last 3 years; but given the significance of the watch with its recessed planetary winder and iconic dial to Patek’s surge above the competition, we think the watch is still one of the best values on the market.

This timepiece perfectly illustrates why the reference is so coveted. Understated both in styling and case-size, it carries a highly desirable 'first-series' dial, with recessed sub-dial registers. The sub-dials reflect interesting contrasting shades to the rest of the watch as you turn the watch on the wrist. With its modest (by today's standards) 36 mm size, and svelte profile matched by a slim, micro-rotor movement, it's arguably one of most elegant offerings of the modern Patek Philippe era.

The watch comes full set with its original certificate, leather wallet and manuals, box and setting stylus.

Condition Report:  The watch keeps accurate time, and it will be lubricated and regulated prior to delivery.  The dial is 100% original, clean and free of oxidation. The case appears to have been gently polished a long time ago but the hallmark on the side of the case is visible. The buckle is rare vintage original. The watch comes with its rare original strap, but we will send the watch with a new alligator strap also.

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