Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar | 3940J | First Series | Yellow Gold

Doré Dial

Regular price £48,750

This incredibly rare, yellow-gold Patek Philippe 3940, with champagne dial (from 1989) perfectly illustrates why the reference is so coveted. Understated both in styling and case-size, with this example carrying a highly-desirable 'first-series' doré dial. Such dials are more commonly seen on the earliest Beyer-signed 3940s, or variants of the 3940 with exhibition case-backs. With its modest (by today's standards) 36 mm size, and a svelte case matched by a slim, micro-rotor movement, it fits incredibly comfortably on the wrist.

The dial has three registers, with the various functions neatly balanced out. The sub-dial at three o'clock shows the leap-year counter and the months (in German), in a slightly recessed sub-register, giving depth to the otherwise lightly-brushed, gold dial. This style of sub-register is unique to first series dials. In a similar fashion, the months and day/night indicators are placed at nine o'clock. The stunning moon-phase is placed at six o'clock, with the days of the month around it. The gold dauphine hands add a touch of masculinity to what only can be described as a beautiful dial. The overall look is refined and subtle, without compromising functionality. 

Representing the best of Swiss design, the movement itself is no less a technical feat. This example has a solid case back, revealing the fantastic hand-finishing, the Genevian coat of arms and stripes, as well as the off-center, 22k gold micro-rotor. The ultra-thin self-winding movement has been in use by Patek Philippe since the 1970s, and continue to beat at the heart of their modern perpetual lines.

Perpetual calendars are the authoritative complications of calendar watches. When Patek Philippe created the ref. 3940 in the mid-80s, perpetual calendars were scarce. With it, a standard for all modern perpetual calendars was established. Timeless, elegant and discontinued - the Patek 3940 is an investment for life, to be worn - and appreciated, daily.

Viewings can be arranged in Central London by appointment.

Brand: Patek Philippe
Model: Perpetual Calendar Ref. 3940J
Movement: mechanical automatic micro rotor-powered 240 Q
Year: 1989
Functions: perpetual calendar: leap year indicator, month, date, day; moonphase, day/night indicators, hours, mintes
Features: solid case-back, doré (gold) dial
Case: 36 mm 18-carat yellow gold
Crystal: sapphire front and back
Bracelet: Patek Philippe brown alligator strap yellow-gold buckle
Box & papers: box, certificate of origin and extract from the archives (pending delivery)
This Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 3940J is in excellent conditon. It comes with its original box, certificate of origin as well as an extract from the archives (pending delivery). The watch is guaranteed for authenticity and comes with a two-year mechanical warranty from A Collected Man

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