*Unpolished* 1970s Patek Philippe 18K WG W/ Lapis Lazuli (Ref. 3578/1)
'You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation.’ — Patek Philippe started this now ubiquitous marketing campaign in 1966 and never looked back, though they already had an outstanding legacy since the watchmaker was founded in the year 1839. Patek built its reputation on several foundational pillars: tradition, innovation, and excellence, all of which are paramount in every timepiece they make, both old and new.
The recent uptick in interest in avant-garde 1970s designs has been more than welcome as these once underappreciated, yet extremely fun timepieces have long deserved a moment in the spotlight. Much like this ref. 3578/1 from Patek Phillipe, cast in 18K white gold with an artisinally crafted integrated bracelet, and an ornate use of lapis lazuli stone throughout the case and within the small details of the dial. While the precise execution of this watch feels very Patek Philippe, the general styling reminds us of similar designs that would have come from Piaget in this era. Namely the models that used semi-precious stones along with ulterior case shapes from the traditional round wristwatch designs to sensational effect.
|11XXXXX / 26XXXXX
|18K White Gold W/ Lapis Wings
|Silver W/ Lapis Indices
|Integrated 18K WG Mesh Bracelet W/ Adjustable Clasp
The square 18K white gold case is in exceptional, unpolished condition with crisp edges and sharp finishing throughout. The lapis lazuli stone wings are also in perfect condition with no crisps, cracks, or damage whatsoever present. The case back is also unpolished and is as crisp as the rest of the case. The crown is original and features the Patek Philippe cross. The integrated white gold mesh bracelet is a true work of art and is extremely well preserved with no stretch or damage present, the size is adjustable within the clasp between 7 and 7 1/4 inches.
The satin silver dial is in near-perfect condition with no damage present and the only elements of age being nominal in nature. The markers at 12, 3, 6, & 9 o'clock are set with lapis lazuli for a sophisticated yet subtle style, the markers display some oxidation but are otherwise in excellent condition. The original hands are also set with lapis lazuli to fully round out the beautiful aesthetic and craftsmanship of the watch and remain in perfect condition.
None. The watch is keeping time perfectly, backed by our 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.