Patek Philippe Jump Hour '150th Anniversary of Patek Philippe' 3969R

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  • Condition: Excellent
  • Model: 3969R
  • Movement: Manual Wind
  • Strap Length: Adjustable
  • Scope: Box & Papers
  • Year: 1989
  • Case Width: 28mm
  • Listing ID: SD027202
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This watch is in excellent condition, with some light scratches on the case. The watch is presented on a Subdial strap made by Molequin and the original pin buckle.

Watch comes with original certification, warranty papers, Geneva papers, booklet, original paper envelope holder, leather paper holder, box, outer box, pamphlet, 150th medal, original strap and spring bars

There is no guarantee for water resistance on this watch.

Made as a limited edition, the ref. 3969R was released to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Patek Phillipe. The brand chose a conservative yet intriguing tonneau-shaped case, and made it in a fairly traditional size. The caseback proudly shows off the '150e Anniversaire' text. Only 450 of these watches were produced.

This watch contains one of Patek Philippe's more unusual complications: the jumping hour. Instead of having two hands that tell the time in a traditional analogue way, this semi-digital watch instead has an aperture at 12 o'clock that shows the hour, 'jumping' every time the minute hand completes a revolution around the dial.

The complication is rarely seen in Patek Philippe's offerings, with only seven wristwatches ever identified before the introduction of the 3969R. The 3969R pays homage to these early watches, and is the first serially produced Patek Philippe jumping hours watch since they ceased production in the 1930s.

PATEK PHILIPPE

To many, Patek Philippe is the epitome of the high-end watchmaker. Throughout its nearly two centuries' of existence, it has weathered everything from the World Wars to the Quartz Crisis of the 1980s. Even today, it's widely acknowledged to be amongst the most successful and prestigious watchmakers, with its creations gracing wrists of everyone from bankers and politicians to rappers and actors.

Patek Philippe began its life as Patek, Czapek & Cie. in 1839 and made its name by making some of the most accurate watch movements. By the turn of the century, Patek was venturing into the realm of high complications, including split-seconds chronographs, perpetual calendars, and minute repeaters. The latter made it into wristwatch-form in 1924 as a piece unique for Ralph Teetor, the inventor of the cruise control function.

In 1932, the company ownership changed hands to the Stern family, who still run Patek Philippe. In that same year, the Calatrava wristwatch was introduced. By the 1970s, seeing the damage which the Quartz Crisis had done to the industry, Patek Philippe decided to introduce a bold new steel watch. Thus, the Nautilus was born.

Since then, the company has gone from strength to strength, solidifying its reputation as one of the finest Swiss watchmakers. From the highly-desirable stainless steel sports watches, to the famed high complications, down to the "humble" Calatrava, Patek Philippe proves that it can do it all.
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