Famed pop artist, Andy Warhol in my opinion is the most important artist of the second half of the 20th century. Last month in early December, a Patek Philippe Ref. 3448 once belonging to him sold at auction. It’s not just a watch; it’s a piece of history. Auctioned for $378,000, this yellow gold vintage wristwatch is a symbol of rarity and desirability. It reflects Warhol’s unique taste in his vast collection of art and objects, famously auctioned by Sotheby’s in 1988 a year after his death. The watch stands out for its impeccable condition, with a well-preserved dial and clear markers, hallmarks of Stern Frères’ craftsmanship. Its last series dial, featuring the ‘Aprior’ mark and painted baton minute divisions, complements the gold baton hour markers. The 18K gold case, in its original, crisp condition, adds to its allure.
The Ref. 3448, introduced in 1962, was a groundbreaking innovation as the first self-winding perpetual calendar wristwatch. With only 586 pieces made, its rarity is unquestionable. This model houses the sophisticated caliber 27-460, later upgraded to 27-460 Q, showcasing Patek Philippe’s craftsmanship. Over the years, the 3448 evolved through various dial styles, each marking a specific period in its history.
Owning this watch means more than just having a vintage Patek Philippe; it’s about owning a piece of Warhol’s legacy. Warhol, a central figure in the Pop Art movement, left a lasting impact on the art world. His studio, The Factory, was a melting pot of diverse personalities and ideas. He revolutionized the concept of fame and left behind a body of work that still resonates today. His creations, like the ‘Campbell’s Soup Cans’ and ‘Marilyn’ series, remain among the most sought-after art pieces on the planet!
This Ref. 3448, with its direct connection to Warhol, offers collectors a unique opportunity. It’s not just a watch; it’s a testament to a bygone era of innovation, art, and the extraordinary life of Andy Warhol.
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