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18ct white gold Patek Philippe, reference 3589/1 "Ellipse" automatic bracelet watch. Made 1970

18ct white gold Patek Philippe, reference 3589/1 "Ellipse" automatic bracelet watch. Made 1970

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Information

  • Brand: Patek Philippe 
  • Made: 1970
  • Model: Ellipse
  • Reference: 3589/1
  • Calibre: 28-255
  • Movement: Manual
  • Material: 18ct white gold
  • Features/complications: Automatic
  • Dial: Sunburst blue cobalt dial featyring applied mirror polished hour indices with Roman numeral quarters and 18ct white gold baton hands
  • Case dimensions: 32 x 35mm
  • Bracelet/strap:  Intergrated 18ct white gold bracelet, length approximately 170mm
  • Accessories: Extract from the Archives
  • SKU: 3151

Essay

The Patek Philippe Ellipse was created in 1968 with its design inspired by the Golden Section, also known as 'the divine proportion'. The reference 3548 was produced from 1967 until 1976. It was together with Ref. 3546 Patek Philippe's first Ellipse models. The exquisite blue dial on this model is actually made from gold which has been transformed by a special Patek Philippe process to look blue.

Patek Philippe subsequently introduced the reference 3930 in 1976 and remained in production until the late 1980’s. Although published in Patek Philippe's sales catalogues, it appears that the models cased in stainless steel were borrowed to clients while their watches were being serviced. Some pieces were also given as reward to deserving employees.