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Introduced in 1962, the 3448 holds and extremely important place in Patek Philippe's history. As the first self-winding perpetual calendar for any brand, it was far ahead of its time and paved the way for future automatic complicated watches.
Offered with Extracts from the Archives as well as correspondence with Henri Stern from 1987 and 1991, this example presents a great opportunity to acquire a 3448 that is ready to be worn and enjoyed.
Case: The case is in overall excellent condition with light signs of use. Previous light polish. The buckle with light scuffing throughout. The Extract from the Archives notes that the watch was originally born on a leather strap and a yellow gold bracelet was added during a service in 1974 at the request of the owner. It was removed sometime later, hence its present, original configuration on a leather strap.
Dial: The dial is in overall excellent condition with some signs of being cleaned along the outer dotted track. Additionally, faint signs of restoration between 5 and 7 o'clock and 11 and 12 o'clock to the very outer edge of the dial. Hands with faint scratches visible under a loupe.
Movement: The movement is running at time of cataloging, however it was not tested for the accuracy of time or duration of the power reserve and may need service at the buyer's discretion. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement.