Patek Philippe Ellipse 3748/9

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The Patek Golden Ellipse sits on a different plane, somewhere between a circle and a rectangle. Although simple in design, its adherence to the ‘Golden Ratio’ gives the Ellipse a pleasing harmony.The Golden Ellipse was introduced in 1968 and signaled a departure from the traditional shapes in watchmaking. The Ellipse also dispensed with the traditional extended lugs found on other watches, only allowing the end of the strap to briefly interrupt the smooth lines of the case.This ref. 3748/9 from the mid-1980s is a rare variant of the classic Ellipse. While most Ellipses feature simple gold cases and a leather bracelet, the 3748 comes with a luxurious integrated 18k yellow-gold Milanese mesh bracelet. Moreover, the bezel on this watch is factory-set with 48 brilliant-cut diamonds. The 18k yellow-gold case measures a classic 34 x 29 mm and with the inclusion of the ultra-thin caliber 215 manual winding movement the watch retains an elegant thin profile.The watch features a deep blue sunburst dial with brilliant-cut diamond indices and elegant thin dauphine hands. A cool detail on the dial are the sigma (‘σ’) markings at the 6 o’clock position, an indication that was used by select Swiss watchmakers (namely Patek Philippe, Rolex, Vacheron Constantin, and IWC) in the 1970s and 1980s to indicate the use of 18k gold on the dial; in this case referring to the 18k yellow-gold chantons holding the diamond indices.This reference 3748/9 is in excellent condition and comes with the original Patek Philippe box.


Patek PhilippePatek Philippe’s ultra exclusive timepieces have usually been reserved for the lucky few. Its mechanical masterpieces were traditionally made from precious metals and worn by an elegant lady or gentleman.


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