Patek Philippe Ellipse

Patek Philippe Ellipse

Why We Love It 

In 1968, Patek Philippe released the Golden Ellipse.

Debuting eight years before the iconic Nautilus, the Ellipse—with its distinctive oval shape—was unlike anything else in Patek Philippe’s catalogs.

This example, a Reference 3948J, features a solid 18k yellow gold case gloss white dial with painted Roman indices, a blued-steel feuille handset, and Patek's hand-cranking Calibre 215 PS movement inside. Furthermore, this piece comes fitted to a signed black alligator leather strap with a matching 18k yellow gold signed buckle and an Extract from the Archives confirming production and sale in 1990.

Watches such as this one are fun and wonderful timepieces, and there's no telling if and when one of these in any condition will surface again, so don't wait!

The Patek Philippe Story

Patek Philippe.

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.

Owning a Patek Philippe is for many the ultimate goal of timepiece collecting, and for a certain type, the only timepieces they collect. Whichever way you look at it, there is no questioning the elegance of design, superlative manufacture of their cases and movements, or the sheer elegance and emotion that comes from owning one.

Of course for a brand that is steeped in heritage, we are told ‘You never actually own a Patek Philippe…”

Well, you know the rest.


SKU: AS05530

18k Yellow gold case is approximately 32 x 27mm (excluding the crown). Calibre 215 PS manual-winding movement by Patek Philippe. Patek Philippe Reference 3948J. Circa 1990.

Overall Condition: The case is in excellent condition overall showing light signs of wear consistent with age and use. Non-luminous gloss white with painted ‘Roman’ indices is in outstanding, as-new condition with blued-steel ‘feuille’ handset. Signed crown.

Includes signed black alligator leather strap with signed 18k yellow gold pin buckle. Also includes Extract from the Archives of Patek Philippe confirming production and sale in 1990.

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