Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse Ref: 3738
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Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
Model Name: Golden Ellipse
Year: Circa 1990
Reference No: 3738
Material: 18K yellow gold
Calibre: Automatic, cal. 240
Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold Patek Philippe buckle
Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
Accessories: Further accompanied by original Patek Philippe box.
- The present Golden Ellipse is a fine example of the legendary model. With its divine proportions the case of the Golden Ellipse, launched in 1968, has no doubt inspired one of the most beautiful chapters of horological history. Thanks to its unique blend of bold simplicity and formal purity, this watch has become one of the flagships of the Patek Philippe collection and most certainly one of its most instantly recognizable creations.
The elliptical design is based on the golden section, or "divina proportio", a ratio defined by the Greek mathematician Hippasos, around 450 BC. This discovery has fascinated both artists and philosophers and is instinctively recognized as visually agreeable and wholly balanced.
- Since its founding in 1839, this famous Geneva-based firm has been surprising its clientele with superbly crafted timepieces fitted with watchmaking's most prestigious complications. Traditional and conservative designs are found across Patek Philippe's watches made throughout their history — the utmost in understated elegance.
Well-known for the Graves Supercomplication — a highly complicated pocket watch that was the world’s most complicated watch for 50 years — this family-owned brand has earned a reputation of excellence around the world. Patek's complicated vintage watches hold the highest number of world records for results achieved at auction compared with any other brand. For collectors, key models include the reference 1518, the world's first serially produced perpetual calendar chronograph, and its successor, the reference 2499. Other famous models include perpetual calendars such as the ref. 1526, ref. 3448 and 3450, chronographs such as the reference 130, 530 and 1463, as well as reference 1436 and 1563 split seconds chronographs. Patek is also well-known for their classically styled, time-only "Calatrava" dress watches, and the "Nautilus," an iconic luxury sports watch first introduced in 1976 as the reference 3700 that is still in production today.