Patek Philippe Ellipse

Regular price
$25,950
Regular price
Sale price
$25,950
REF 3738J
Automatic-winding
32 MM
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SKU AS09578
Article Number 40930390
ref 3738J
case size 32 MM
movement Automatic-winding
approximate age 1980s
dial color Blue
material Yellow Gold
style Dress
category Vintage
bracelet Leather
Includes Signed Black Alligator Leather Strap With Signed 18K Yellow Gold Pin Buckle.
overall condition Great condition overall. Case shows normal signs of wear consistent with age and use. Dial and hands remain in excellent condition with light patination and oxidation. Factory strap shows wear.
REF 3738J
Automatic-winding
32 MM
– Show less
SKU AS09578
Article Number 40930390
ref 3738J
case size 32 MM
movement Automatic-winding
approximate age 1980s
dial color Blue
material Yellow Gold
style Dress
category Vintage
bracelet Leather
Includes Signed Black Alligator Leather Strap With Signed 18K Yellow Gold Pin Buckle.
overall condition Great condition overall. Case shows normal signs of wear consistent with age and use. Dial and hands remain in excellent condition with light patination and oxidation. Factory strap shows wear.

Why We Love it

In 1968, Patek Philippe released the Golden Ellipse.

Debuting eight years before the iconic Nautilus, the Ellipse — with its distinctive oval shape — was unlike anything else in Patek Philippe’s catalogs. In period, the Ellipse line became emblematic of the era for design and signaled an elevated level of taste, particularly given the popularity of function-first tool watches that defined the 1960s for many.

In the intervening years, the Ellipse and many of its contemporaries fell out of favor with collectors who favored purpose built steel chronographs and divers that were closely associated with tales of adventure and exploration. Many of these wonderful, design-forward timepieces were lost in the recesses of vaults or sock drawers — or worse — melted down for their gold value. 

Only recently have we seen the start of an evolution in the mindset of contemporary collectors — a groundswell of appreciation for more artistic expressions of timekeeping is occurring at this very moment, and forgotten gems of the 70s and 80s are once again being discovered and appreciated for the works of horological art they truly are.

This example, a Reference 3738J, dates back to the 1980s and features a 32mm x 36mm solid 18k yellow gold elliptical case, a charming blue ’Sigma’ dial with applied ‘baton’ indices and a matching ‘pencil’ handset. Fitted to a signed black alligator strap with matching signed yellow gold pin buckle, this piece is powered by Patek's Calibre 240 self-winding movement. 

Absolutely fantastic.

Watches such as this one are delightful timepieces that stand out brilliantly in a room full of steel sports watches, once again signaling an elevated understanding of what watchmaking can — and perhaps should — be.

Brand Story

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Founded in 1839, Patek Philippe is one of the oldest watch manufacturers in the world with an uninterrupted watchmaking history. Few international luxury brands carry the gravitas of their name, and for good reason. The firm's commitment to excellence in horological manufacture is unflinching, and their track record of innovation in design without peer. They continue to lead the industry, and even their fiercest competitors have nothing but the utmost respect for the company.

From the simple elegance of their Calatrava line to the stunning study in miniaturization that is reference 1518 perpetual calendar to the modern reference 5750P chiming watch, Patek’s catalog is chock full of some of the most elegant and complicated timepieces ever made. Family-owned and completely independent, the firm has the freedom to do what it wants — such as discontinue one of the world’s most beloved steel luxury sport watches, the reference 5711 — when it wants.

Owning a Patek Philippe is for many the ultimate goal of timepiece collecting, and for a certain type, the only timepieces they collect. Whichever way you look at it, there is no questioning the elegance of design, superlative manufacture of their cases and movements, or the sheer elegance and emotion that comes from owning one.

Of course for a brand that is steeped in heritage, we are told “You never actually own a Patek Philippe…”

Well, you know the rest.

A:S Guarantee

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

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All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Patek Philippe Ellipse

Patek Philippe Ellipse

Regular price
$25,950
Regular price
Sale price
$25,950
Patek Philippe Ellipse

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