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1990s Patek Philippe Gondolo

Ref.
3842R
8700
Diameter
28.7 mm
Condition
Very good
Box/Papers
None

A Gondolo with an exquisite cream dial, an ultra-thin rose gold case, and the Patek Philippe 177 hand-wound movement.

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Overview

From 1872 to 1927, Patek Philippe worked with Brazilian watch dealer Gondolo & Labouriau to design a number of pocket watches, including the Gondolo Chronometro, which were sold exclusively to members of a collector’s club called “The Gondolo Gang”. To boost sales of these watches, the retailer developed the Plano do Club Patek Philippe System, which allowed customers to pay in weekly installments and included a weekly lottery drawing where the winner was rewarded with their pocket watch at no further cost. Gondolo & Labouriau’s efforts resulted in over 22,000 Pateks being sold — nearly a third of the entire production of Patek Philippe watches during this time.

In the early 1990s, the brand paid homage to their successful relationship with Gondolo & Labouriau by launching the Gondolo collection, a line of dressier watches marked by precious metals in various forms including cushion, tonneau, and rectangular shaped cases. Among the early references was the 3842, a tonneau shaped watch made in either platinum, yellow gold, or rose gold that featured Breguet numerals and was powered by the ultra-thin and Geneva sealed caliber 177. Produced in limited quantities, the 3842 perfectly exemplifies the simplicity and timelessness of Art Deco style, and does so in a form that’s refreshingly distinctive compared to the round Calatravas of the same era.

Specifications

Brand:

Patek Philippe

Model:

Gondolo

Reference:

3842R

Year:

1990s

Case Number:

n/a

Case Material:

Rose gold

Diameter:

28.7 mm

Lug Width:

18 mm

Thickness:

4.7 mm

Lug-to-Lug:

37.2 mm

Dial:

Cream

Lume:

None

Crystal:

Sapphire

Movement:

Hand-wound

Caliber:

Patek Philippe 177

Bracelet/Strap:

Patek Philippe black alligator strap with tang buckle

Max Wrist Size:

Hand model has a wrist size of 6.2 in

Condition

UNWORN: Case is pristine with no signs of use. Original stickers may still be present. Dial, hands, and lume have no imperfections and may show natural, even aging.

MINT: Case has only a few superficial hairlines. Lugs are thick, full, and sharp with superb finishing. Dial, hands, and lume may have micro imperfections visible only with a loupe.

EXCELLENT: Case has very light scratches or nicks. Lugs are thick, full, and well-defined. Dial and hands may have imperfections visible upon close inspection. Lume is fully intact and may show slight discoloration.

VERY GOOD: Case may have a few moderate scratches or nicks. Lugs are thick and full but may have softened edges. Dial and hands may have light stains or marks. Lume may have cracks or discoloration.

GOOD: Case has many scratches and nicks. Lugs may show signs of moderate polishing with worn edges. Dial and hands may have noticeable stains or marks. Lume may be damaged or show significant discoloration.

Case: The rose gold case shows normal signs wear in the form of faint hairlines and tiny scuffs throughout, but the overall appearance remains clean. The lugs are thick and free of any major imperfections. The caseback retains its brushed finishing with some light scuffs and hairlines at the edges. The gold hallmarks remain crisp and visible. The backs of the lugs show signs of prior strap removal.

Dial, Hands, & Crystal: The cream dial is in pristine condition and the polished Breguet hands are in excellent condition with a couple micro imperfections visible only upon close inspection. The sapphire crystal is squeaky clean and scratch-free.

Bracelet/Strap: The Patek Philippe black alligator strap shows very little wear and remains in fantastic condition. The condition of the Patek-signed buckle is consistent with the rest of the case.

Movement

Timing: The watch has been measured with a timegrapher at six different positions. The rate, amplitude, and beat error are within acceptable ranges. While resting face up, the rate is -2s/d.

Functions: All functions including the crown winding and time setting are working as expected.

Service History: Unknown.

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What's Included

What's Included

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Watch

Patek Philippe Gondolo on a black alligator strap.

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Extras

Patek Philippe pouch and a Cassis brown lizard strap.