Patek Philippe 3970R
We remember what we had previously written to then shed light on another wonderful object of the house: the aforementioned 3970 R.
It all began in 1838 with the foundation of "Patek, Czapek & Cie"Geneva by the entrepreneur Antoni Norbert de Patek, An immigrant from Poland, and watchmaker François Czapek, Immigrated from Czekia.
In 1844 Antoni Patek, founder of the Maison, the French watchmaker knows Jean-Philippe Adrien in Paris, where the latter presented his pioneering and convenient system setup time and clock charge through corona, Which will replace the use of a separate key.
In 1845 François Czapek decided to leave the company to continue on their own, and the company name was changed to "Patek & Cie”.
It is produced first as for lady pocket watch: The timepiece is decorated with miniature of a rose. The company manufactures its first pocket watch with minute repeater and was awarded the patent for Patek clock with charging and focusing mechanism per hour by means of the crown.
In 1851 Jean-Adrien Philippe officially joined the company, which changed its name to "Patek Philippe & Cie.”
At the Great Exhibition in London, the Queen Victoria is among the admirers of the first timepiece in the world without a key, the first of which had been patented by Jean-Adrien Philippe in 1845. The Queen of Great Britain and Ireland invests in a pocket watch in powder blue enamel with floral decoration in cut diamonds pink.
The pendant with clock dial on demand and brooch apparently had belonged to Queen Victoria.
Patek Philippe is among the first watchmaking maison to export to the United States and enters into an alliance, still thriving with Tiffany & Co. in New York.
In 1881 he was awarded the patent for the precision regulator systemAnd in 1889 Patek Philippe & Co was awarded the patent for the mechanism of Perpetual Calendar for pocket watches.
In 1932 The "Ancienne Manufacture d'Horlogerie Patek Philippe & Cie, S.A." was bought by brothers Charles e Jean Stern, already own a company producing dials in Geneva. Since then "Patek Philippe S.A."It has remained a family-owned.
It was with this style of management, "a family", the parent company continues its efforts to ensure buyers an extremely reliable product with low production revalued over the years.
A Patek Philippe is forever and we find ourselves to be guardians and pass it down to our posterity.
Let's go back to Patek Philippe 3970 RWe are in the 80s (the clock was created in 1986), an era where the quartz movements were gaining ground in the market, people did not worry only of complicated watches: chronographs also in effect were not popular.
In 1986, the 3970 perpetual calendar chronograph year, for sellers it was not easy to move.
According to John Reardon, head of watches Christie’s, An authority on everything related to Patek Philippe, retailers did not want to take them by Patek because they were too difficult to sell.
Successor of Patek Philippe 2499, in production from 1951 to 86 (and even before then 1518 reference that was the first chronograph perpetual product in series), the 3970 is produced in yellow gold, white, pink and platinum.
The case size with its 36 mm, It remains smaller than 1.5 mm compared to the previous 2499.
The Patek in question, has a traditional dial, where you can see the features chronograph seconds, minutes, hours, perpetual calendar with leap year day, month, moon phases, in an extremely simple and pleasant place to be seen.
The caliber (mechanism) that equips this watch is the CH 27-70QFirst Patek movement is not based on Valjoux, but was based on Lemania 2310, Which was also the basis of the caliber 321 used in the first Omega Speedmaster.
This manual winding movement It has a 60-hour power reserve, and has also been used in the subsequent 5970 and 5004 (this function with split-added).
It is a beautiful and reliable movement, with an excellent finish, all done by hand, one of the world's best mechanisms currently in production and is a way to Geneva.
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