When the 5711 was discontinued a few weeks back, asking prices rocketed north of 100K. That is an astonishing sum for the humble Nautilus. When the market goes mad, you have to maintain logic. And in that vein, you have to consider this Anniversary 3940G. For a paltry additional 50K (laughable statement, I am aware) one could sport a true heavy hitter. Something which is decidedly not a hip-hop fashion statement. The 3940 is as haute as haute horology comes. It’s a reminder that when Patek Philippe really tries, they dominate. Long live the king.
The 3940, introduced in 1985, has been said to mark the turning point in the Swiss v Quartz Crisis turmoil. The immensely impressive complicated reference was a statement: mechanical watchmaking is here to stay. Philippe Stern had spoken. He had created an ultra-thin perpetual calendar would not need to be adjusted for over 100 years. This particular 3940 is even a little additional bit more special. To mark the brands 175th, a few limited editions were released. This white gold case was paired with a never before seen salmon dial. There are small additional modern charms like a larger signature, thicker fonts, and a squashed 27 & 5 on the date display. Production numbers of these references are disputed but range from the single digits to low twenties. Whatever the true run, they’re perfect.
This example is near perfect. The case shows no wear and it comes with a full set. Just stare at it for long enough, you’ll see what I mean. I’m drooling, truth be told. This is a ‘maybe one day’ sort of watch that you either fall hopelessly for or won’t. I’m very much the former.
Find this 3940G Anniversary here from Watch4Moi on offer at 150000 USD.