PATEK PHILIPPE PLATINUM REF. 3940P
The development of the ref. 3940 was a bold move for Patek Philippe. When launched in 1985, the ref. 3940 replaced the ref. 3450, a different watch mechanically and aesthetically. The caliber 240 Q was more modern, flatter and captured the spirit of Patek Philippe in the 1980s. The fact that Patek Philippe and the Stern family embraced tradition and still acknowledged the need for change, is the very essence of the ref. 3940’s DNA. The best estimated guess of total production of ref. 3940 from 1985 – 2007 is approximately 7,000 – 8,000 examples. Specialists generally concur that 1,300 – 1,500 examples of the first series were made, 3,500 in the second series, and approximately 2,200 in the third series. Within the third series, platinum is the rarest metal. Patek Philippe has not shared actual production totals.
This example in the noble metal of platinum is exceptionally well preserved and fully complete as when it was when first sold in 2003. The ‘open’ Certificate of Origin indicates it was originally sold in Japan at the store ‘Mitsukoshi Takamatsu’. The winding box, certificate wallet, stylus and pusher are also all original to the watch. This complete package is further highlighted by the rare white roman dial. Most ref. 3940Ps feature the silvered baton dial, but this example has its factory original white roman dial. Unpolished and near mint, this ref. 3940P offers the next owner the chance to own a superlative watch from Patek Philippe’s historical production, a watch on the verge of being considered ‘vintage’.
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