The 2011 Patek Philippe Ref. 3670A super-limited chronograph is powered by an extremely rare and highly appreciated by collectors PP Caliber 13-130 hand-wound movement. The caliber was in production around 50 years ago and is to contemporary high-end movements like the 1954 Mercedes W 196 to Ferrari Enzo: it is as archaic as it is extremely cool.
You probably have already heard the story. About 15 years ago the Swiss watchmaker attempted a spring cleaning on its Rue du Rhone premises in Geneva and was surprised to stumble over a box with sixteen vintage Valjoux 23 13-lignes hand-wound movements. Manufactured, adjusted, and readied to be cased back in 1955, the movements were somehow lost. Now, tell me about inventory management!
Luckily, like precious wood, good vine and classic cars only get more expensive with time, the 16 new-found movements, too, have appreciated in value by a couple of orders of magnitude, especially after Patek Philippe has them redecorated and renamed as the Caliber 13-130.
At least, when the Swiss watchmaker announced its plans to issue a limited edition Patek Philippe Ref. 3670A chronograph watches powered by the said calibers and offered them at a price of CHF 240,000 (around €194,000,) it was immediately overwhelmed with orders from serious collectors eager to exchange their rapidly depreciating money for the precious watch that will probably only get more expensive as years go by.
What’s even more outrageous for an average Joe is that the watch is not even in gold!
According to the company, the new super-limited edition watch is presented in the same cushion-shaped stainless steel body that we have already seen early last year when the Swiss brand presented its gorgeous Patek Philippe 5950A hand-wound chronograph watch.
So, it is going to be 37 millimeters wide, almost 45 mm long (lugs included,) and around 10-11 millimeters thick.
The black dial features an unmistakably Patek Philippe style with black background, anthracite-colored minute track, applied stick-shaped hour markers, and a bi-compax chronograph layout with a small seconds indicator at 9 hours and a 30-minute chronograph counter at 3 o’clock.
Too bad that these gorgeous collector’s items will possibly land in a dozen highly sophisticated safes placed in concrete basements of banks and other high-security facilities and will never see the light of day anymore.
Photos: Patek Philippe
Patek Philippe 3670A Chronograph specification
Price: CHF 240,000 (MSRP)
Movement: Hand-wound, Caliber 13-130, 29.50 mm x 5.95 mm, Glucydur balance with screws, Breguet balance spring, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 23 jewels
Movement frequency: 18,000 vph
Movement decoration: Decorated by hand, Patek Philippe Seal, beveled bridges, polished screw heads
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph
Power reserve: 39 hours
Case: Stainless steel
Dimensions: 37.00 x 44.60 mm (lugs included)
Case height: 10.15 mm
Lug width: 21/16 mm
Hour markers: Stick-shaped, applied, white gold
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Matte black alligator strap with grey hand-stitching and stainless steel prong buckle
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective