Very Rare Beta21-Patek in White Gold: 1 of ~10 Ever Made
Patek Philippe 1971 Jumbo TV-Screen & Cheese Bracelet: Beta 21, Father of 3597
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Legendary, iconic, horological relevant, controversial and rare like just a very few Patek Philippe watches -- ref3587 in white gold.
A very rare iconic jumbo Patek housing the first wrist watch quartz-movement: Beta 21, the 1st series.
This horological monolith is not only nice and rare, it also hums and has a sweep second, it is heavy and a statement on the wrist, yes; but it is historically important, too.
The watch-case is integrated to the very special swiss-cheese bracelet -- also a very rare piece of art made of hundreds of links in two layers integrated to the monumental case by Patek but made by a German specialist in Pforzheim. Anyway, it is called Swiss Cheese bracelet among collectors and is so iconic and unmistakable.
In total 400 ref3587 were done by Patek in a basically limited edition. Most were made in yellow gold and just ~60 of these 400 were produced in white gold. Because in total six combinations existed (2 different dials: silver & blue and three different bracelets: milanaise, Swiss cheese and leather strap), these 60 white gold ref3587 split to these combinations and probably 10 were made in the combination of Swiss Cheese bracelet and blue dial, like offered here -- and this timepiece is probably one of the most beautiful because of its combination and its astonishing condition. All hallmarks are deep and edges are crisp and fresh. The bracelet fits a 185mm wrist and shows no stretch or warp and we are proud to be able to offer this icon in a beautiful, impressive and same condition fitted box. Nice, rare, important, limited and very controversial!
Great! Now, dont mix it with the same style Patek ref 3597, that looks very similar and is its successor, that was done because the ref 3587 was basically a limited edition (400 pieces) and sold in no time in 1970 and 1971.
You can distinguish the original 3587 from the later horological irrelevant successor 3597 by the dial and also the 3597 never comes as a fixed bracelet version, like the 3587 offered here.
Another way to identify is of course the production date and movement number. This is limited edition pioneer 3587 vs technically already out-dated follower 3597 and makes the difference for the passionate collector.
This watch is celebrating its 50s anniversary this year -- it was made by Patek in 1971 and sold in December same year.