PATEK PHILIPPE MANUAL SKELETON ELLIPSE REF. 3880J
The earliest versions of the ref. 3880 were released in 1980 and were made in the Ellipse form attached to a full lug allowing for a typical 18 mm strap to be used. Later versions of the ref. 3880 quickly transitioned to t-bar lugs that could accommodate cut-out straps. Only a handful of these watches could be made annually and it is believed that only a few hundred were produced from the entire production run from 1980 through the late 1990s. Today, less than 30 examples of the ref. 3880 are known to exist and only two of the early examples that accommodate full straps are known to exist such as this watch.
This example is accompanied by its original box as well as its original Certificate of Origin.