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Pre-Owned Patek Philippe by Analog Shift Pre-Owned Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 40930072/AS05670


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What you’re looking at is arguably one of the most beautiful perpetual calendar watches ever made, full stop. And perhaps one of the most important, too. 

The reference 3940 was born in 1985, at a time when the watch world was in the midst of the Quartz Crisis and most brands were churning out inexpensive, battery-powered watches — and struggling to stay afloat. Alas, Patek Philippe was never one to follow the crowd, and released both the ref. 3940 perpetual calendar and the ref. 3970 perpetual calendar chronograph with in-house, micro-rotor-equipped automatic movements — a gauntlet drop if ever there was one. 

Made in several series and different metals, the watch we have here is a 3940P. Housed in a 36mm platinum case, it features a sapphire crystal, signed crown, a polished bezel, and one hell of a dial: Silver with white gold dauphine hands, it has a combination month/leap year indicator at 3 o’clock; a moon phase/date wheel at 6 o’clock; and a day/24-hour indicator at 9 o’clock. Simple, elegant and refined, it’s a design that was positively revolutionary in the 1980s, and still looks stunning today.

This 3940P is powered by the in-house Patek Philippe Calibre 240Q movement with micro rotor, and comes equipped with a black Patek Philippe crocodile leather strap with a platinum Patek Philippe buckle. Its case is in excellent condition showing only light handling wear. Further, it’s complete with an extract from the archives confirming production in 1995 and sale in 1996. 

But don’t take our word for it — take noted Patek expert John Reardon’s: “For the price, there is arguably no other watch that encapsulates all that defines Patek Philippe.”


The case is in fantastic condition overall showing light signs of wear from age and use. Satin silver dial with applied white gold indices is in as-new condition with matching white gold 'dauphine' handset. Sapphire exhibition caseback. 18K signed crown.

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