Patek Philippe 3748 Ellipse Mid Size 18K White Gold / Mesh Bracelet (29470)

29470 Patek Philippe 3748 Ellipse, 3748-1, 18K white gold case with a white gold mesh integrated bracelet, the watch will fit a 6.5 inch wrist, manual wind caliber 215 movement, blue dial with applied white gold index numerals, size 32mm x 27mm, thickness 5.5mm, circa 1976, Excellent Condition with European Watch Co travel pouch.

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This is a vintage c. 1970's 18K white gold Patek Philippe Ellipse 3748-1. It includes an 18K white gold integral mesh-design bracelet, and a scratch resistant sapphire crystal. It has a blue dial with applied white gold baton index markers and matching baton hands. The 32mm by 27mm solid two-body case, sloped flat bezel, and solid Snap-on case back are polished/brushed. The 6mm thick case, dial, and movement are all signed.

The manual winding Calibre 215 movement is rhodium plated with fausses côtes embellishment and the quality hallmark stamp of the Seal of Geneva. It's constructed with 18 Jewels, a straight-line lever escapement, and a free-sprung self-compensating flat balance spring, a shock absorber mechanism, a micrometer regulator and a monometallic balance that compensates for cold, heat, isochronism, and 5 positions.

In 1968 Patek Philippe introduced the first model of their Ellipse collection, ref. 3548. It was an immediate classic. In 1977 they received a patent for their tiny, magnificent caliber 240 automatic movement, which would be placed in some of the greatest timepieces ever made, including the Ellipses. This example was made in the 1970's.