Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Ref. 3450
In production since the 1920s, Patek Philippe's credentials regarding their perpetual calendar models are indisputable, much like their claim over many other areas within watchmaking. While their perpetual calendar models are truly iconic, Patek Philippe had never featured one of the perpetual calendar's most vital aspects in any of their wrist watches until 1981, the leap year indication. Introducing the leap year indicator to Patek Philippe's perpetual calendar line-up in 1981, the ref. 3450 is not only important as the common ancestor linking Patek Philippe's previous perpetual calendar models to their modern references; it is also exceptionally rare. Throughout its incredibly short five-year production run lasting until 1985, only a total of 244 examples were produced, one of which we have on offer here.
Modeled off of its predecessor, the ref. 3448, the ref. 3450 features a round case design with a smooth bezel, sharp faceted lugs, and an exceptionally legible dial with immaculate symmetry disturbed only by its signature leap year indicator found at 3:30. Offered almost exclusively in 18kt yellow gold, the ref. 3450 measures in at a relatively modern 37.5mm in diameter, making it a large dress watch for the time of its release and a perfectly proportioned timepiece for today's standards. Powered by Patek Philippe's automatic perpetual calendar movement, the cal. cal. 27-460QB, the ref. 3450 carries another link back to its perpetual calendar lineage as this movement was modeled after the cal. 27-460, itself released in 1962 and evolving from another perpetual calendar movement that goes as far back as 1953.
Presented in fantastic original condition, the example we have here is found with deep hallmarks, sharp edges throughout, and its original untouched surface. Together, these factors indicate the care this timepiece's previous owners took to ensure their watch was preserved as we see it today. With its beautiful silver dial in unspoiled condition, our 1983 example is almost exactly as it was on its original day of purchase. Offered on its original black leather Patek Philippe strap with its correct 18kt yellow gold Patek Philippe buckle, this immaculate Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar ref. 3450 will comfortably stand as the crown jewel of your collection, merging vintage-inspired heritage with modern creature comforts in its contemporary sizing, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, and signature leap year indicator.
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