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Why We Love It
Patek Philippe is one of the few brands that knows how to execute simple perfection.
Over the years, their dress-line Calatrava has evolved, but the look remains unmistakable and iconic, and its rich history provides the vintage enthusiast with a variety of choices in metals, sizes, and tiny details to obsess over.
This particular example, a Reference 3468 is finished in 18k yellow gold and features a silver sunburst dial with indices engraved in relief, pencil handset, and a subsidiary seconds register. Dating to circa 1968, it features a wonderfully sized 33mm snap back case housing a manual winding Calibre 23-300 movement and comes complete with a Patek Philippe signed alligator strap with matching pin buckle and an Extract From The Archives of Patek Philippe.
This piece truly epitomizes what Patek Philippe is most known for- understated elegance and delicate finishing. In other words- everything you need, nothing you don’t.
Founded in 1839, Patek Philippe is one of the oldest watch manufacturers in the world with an uninterrupted watchmaking history. Few luxury brands in the world carry the gravitas of their name, and for good reason. The firm's commitment to excellence in horological manufacture is unflinching, and their track record of innovation in design without peer. They continue to lead the industry, and even their fiercest competitors have nothing but the utmost respect for the company.
Vintage Patek Philippe is for many the ultimate goal of timepiece collecting, and for a certain type, the only vintage timepieces they collect. Whichever way you look at it, there is no questioning the elegance of design, superlative manufacture of their movements, and that finding these characteristics on a vintage piece that also tells a story is some next level shit.
18k Yellow gold case is approximately 33mm (excluding the crown). Patek Philippe Calibre 23-300 manual-winding movement. Patek Philippe Reference 3468. Circa 1968.
Overall Condition: The case is in fantastic condition overall showing light wear and patina consistent with age and use. Non-luminous sunburst silver dial is in excellent condition with applied stick indices and matching pencil handset. Signed crown.
Includes brown Patek Philippe signed alligator leather strap with signed yellow gold pin buckle. Also includes Extract From The Archives of Patek Philippe confirming production and sale in 1968.
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We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
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