A unique dial on a top elegant watch...

 By: Mike H : September 17th, 2017-01:51
Yesterday I had the chance to see (and try) an amazing watch: not only 3940 is always a wonderful PC but if it has a unique dial then it becomes very special ! Because a picture is better than a long speech here it is...

You don't see what is so special ? Have a second look... and particularly the leap year subcounter...
And now look at this picture of the personal watch of Philippe Stern that he has worn for decades...

The challenge is to find a single other 3940 with the same X shape leap year subcounter instead of the usual + layout. These 2 are most probably the only 2 dials in the world having this leap year subcounter design and because one is in the hands of Mr Stern himself and will never come on the market, we can say this is a kind of unique chance. I made my calculations 100 times but had to renounce unfortunately. If you want to have a look at this "unique" piece, you' d better rush to ADM St Germain before they sell it as I believe it will not stay available too long...

Congratulations on having the guts

 By: Harry2 : September 17th, 2017-02:05
Not only to consider this piece, but to say no when it's not right for you! Well done.

Also, this is beautiful, those subtle blue hands and that sundial! Now looking at the normal one isn't the same!

Nothing to do with the guts, I just could not afford it ! 😥😥😥 [nt]

 By: Mike H : September 17th, 2017-02:48
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I noticed the leap year cross at first sight and I told to myself: that's strange, I didn't see such a particularity before. Now, I better understand. I didn't know only two of them were made (rare is a weak work here)

 By: Alkiro1 : September 17th, 2017-02:10
Do you know who was the owner of this timepiece my friend and why it's in Italian?

Have a nice Sunday... and stop to torture yourself 😁

Best wishes


Let's be accurate...

 By: Mike H : September 17th, 2017-02:55
I did not affirm with certainty that these are the only 2 ones, I only said after immense search I did not find anywhere the single trace of such other dial than these 2.This is why I said "the challenge is to find another one" like this one, but my conviction is that there is no such other one. I don't know the previous owner and cannot ask... I believe it is either a prototype or a very special request from a special client directly connected with Mr Stern, and if this is the explanation obviously an Italian collector. Only Mr Stern knows...

Yes you're right. Thanks for the clarification. At least we're sure that's not an usual PP 😁

 By: Alkiro1 : September 17th, 2017-03:05
Best wishes


That is the least we can say. Until further notice if somebody finds another one (which I very much doubt), I believe we can still call it "unique" dial (other than the one of Mr Stern himself !) [nt]

 By: Mike H : September 17th, 2017-03:09
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The subtle detail which makes all the difference and offers you the possibility to own a super rare timepiece. This one will leave the ADM's shop very quickly for sure for a lucky (and well-off) new owner

 By: Alkiro1 : September 17th, 2017-03:18
Best wishes


Woow thank you for the information. This a quintessential perpetual calendar, this amazing complication is shown at its best.

 By: PP5170G : September 17th, 2017-02:50

Agreed for sure, at its very best indeed !

 By: Mike H : September 17th, 2017-03:11

The 3940 is one of my grails!

 By: TheWindingStem : September 17th, 2017-08:05
Now the X subdial is something special! would be great if we could find more info on it.

I want. I want. I want.

 By: Chimaera : September 17th, 2017-10:04
Have been yearning for an Italian dial 3940 for some time, but the X takes the biscuit! Have never encountered such a thing. Research mission unleashed. Many thanks for sharing.

If you are interested, you know where to find it fast you are not alone !

 By: Mike H : September 17th, 2017-10:23

I'm afraid the only way will be to ask Mr Philippe Stern himself...

 By: Mike H : September 17th, 2017-13:51
...not sure even Thierry S. is aware of the story behind that special dial...

Very interesting observation and find

 By: Stylophile : September 17th, 2017-14:06
Thanks for sharing
The 2 "ordinary" ones from my collection; first series J and a late series P

There is no "ordinary" 3940 ! This ref is quintessential Patek and THE iconic PC

 By: Mike H : September 18th, 2017-14:08
And with a 1st series J + a Platinum version you are well covered for sure ! wink

Excellent, diligent, and exciting post! Thank you. What a unique find 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 [nt]

 By: 5980 : September 17th, 2017-19:46
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Thanks for your kind words. Unique I believe but cannot be certain yet, absolutely extraorinary yes for sure (extraordinary in the true sense of the word !) [nt]

 By: Mike H : September 18th, 2017-14:10
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What a surprised find!

 By: henryrover : September 18th, 2017-01:47
The leap year numbers are in same orientation of the 24 hours numbers, which I find it is much more harmonious

an amazing specimen indeed...!

 By: Mike H : September 18th, 2017-14:11
wink of my favourite perpetual calendar!

 By: fabios : October 25th, 2017-06:51

Love it.

 By: Costa (aka Connie) : October 25th, 2017-10:11
The pinnacle of horology. There is no better watch IMO.