Patek Philippe Ref. 3940
The significance of this watch is not to be underestimated. It set the tone for what Patek Philippe was going to be in this new era.
The 1980s were a time of turmoil for the Swiss watch industry. Although an answer to the emerging cheap quartz technology was found in an emphasis on high-end watchmaking, luxury and craftsmanship, the war was far from won.
Patek Philippe had already launched the Nautilus as its luxury steel sports watch in the decade before. Now, it was time to flex its haute horology muscles once more, to show the world that Patek Philippe was sticking to its heritage. In 1985 the fabled house presented a brand new perpetual calendar; the Ref. 3940.
The significance of this watch is not to be underestimated. It set the tone for what Patek Philippe was going to be in this new era. No wonder then, that these models have become highly sought-after and desirable.
History aside, the watch is already extremely desirable in its own right. From a technical perspective, Patek managed to fit an automatic perpetual calendar in a 36mm wrist watch measuring only 8mm in height. They did so by opting for a 22k gold micro-rotor to provide the required winding.
The platinum case is home to an opaline Sigma dial that is a masterclass in design. It is packed with a massive amount of information, yet remains understated, balanced and simple.
Different series have been produced of the Ref. 3940, with small variations between them. Our example is a so-called late second series specimen, with hallmarks in the case flank and a cross-hair in the sub dial at three o’clock.
This stunning and significant Patek Philippe Ref. 3940 comes complete with the original box, papers and tag. The box doubles as a winder, keeping your perpetual calendar right up to date.
AWCo (Amsterdam Watch Company)