empressissi™ is pleased to offer this fantastic and original Patek Philippe 'Calatrava' model known as part of the slick 'Gondolo' series, the 'Reference 3430'. We are dating this watch to 1961 or 1962, according to the PPPP (Patek Philippe Public Project) website with a similar reference carrying extract from the archives of very close serial numbers. In excellent original overall condition, keeping accurate time and ready to wear - a classic two hands evening watch for men!
The watch houses a legendary 23-300 manual wind caliber, running on 18 jewels. This is a highest finish hi grade caliber decorated in Geneve stripes and adjusted to five positions and of course carries the Geneve hallmark of quality. It is set in an original and signed PATEK PHILIPPE 18K solid yellow gold case in beautiful slim design. The case is made of two parts, it has a mint original flat mineral crystal and original signed crown. This watch was made for the French market and thus the back is also signed accordingly per French Standards: "FAB. SUISSE" (Made in Switzerland)
The dial is 100% original factory made - Sterling silver base with classic Argenté pearl tone set with hard enamel logo and applied solid gold markers with just a few tiny spots. It comes with the original set of solid gold hands.
This super rare Patek Philippe watch measures 26mm side to side (excluding crown) and 33.5mm from top lug to bottom lug - a classic evening/dress watch.
Attached to this watch is a brand new quality genuine leather band in vintage style chocolate brown toen, 18mm wide, with the original 18K solid yellow gold buckle.
Vintage watches are smaller than today's standards;
To avoid the inconvenience of returns merely due to wrong size expectations, Please study the listed sizes and keep in mind that in most cases, vintage watches will be smaller than today's standards and are unlikely to fit a large wrist. For your convenience, and to better understand the proportions of vintage watches sizes, download and print a copy of our unique watch size reference PDF page.