Ref. 3448J for Alan Banbery

May 10, 2022,18:24 PM

Alan Banbery was appointed the Director of Sales for the English-speaking Territories in 1965 where he did much to develop Patek Philippe’s position in the market. In addition to this, he also did much to guide Patek Philippe’s commitment to the preservation and acquisition of historic timepieces not just from the annals of Patek Philippe but of horology. In 1970, Henri Stern appointed him the curator of Patek Philippe’s private collection. It is mostly through his efforts that led to the nucleus of a collection that then led to the creation of the Patek Philippe Museum; so if you find yourself at the Patek Philippe Museum, doff your hat to Alan Banbery. Additionally, collectors are indebted to Alan Banbery for the literature he has produced regarding Patek Philippe timepieces.

In recognition of his services, Henri and Philippe Stern commissioned a 3448 to be modified and subsequently gifted. One of these modifications resulted in a characteristic that collectors refer to as ‘Senza Luna’ (without moon); of the 586 3448s, there are seven recorded examples. What makes this piece even more distinguished and ultimately a piece unique is the addition of a leap year indicator in place of the moonphase (represented by the red text in English and the inclusion of a second hand co-axial with the date hand) which necessitated the modification of both an existing dial and movement. The watch was presented to Banbery in 1975 and was his personal timepiece until it was sold to a private collector in 1999.

Having the opportunity to wind it, strap it on the wrist and listen to the movement ticking, made me imagine all the history this watch was an eyewitness to; a humbling and exhilarating experience.

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What a treat

 By: keks : May 10th, 2022-18:28
Just a spectacular piece for so many reasons you generously detail above! Thanks for sharing!

You are lucky to have seen it in person...

 By: mdg : May 10th, 2022-18:38
...let alone try it on. It appears that the leap year has not been set properly?

A very special piece. I think of the 3448 an one of my grails…

 By: ChristianDK : May 10th, 2022-20:01
So for me, this piece is extremely interesting and desirable. I have seen pictures before and knew the story but it’s the kind of special thing that is so. Ice to be reminded of. Thank you for a great post.

Amazing story and watch!

 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : May 10th, 2022-21:58


 By: Michael Reilly : May 10th, 2022-22:55
Crazy great story.

A 3448 with a seconds hand! The perfect watch!

 By: mkvc : May 10th, 2022-23:38
I did not know such a thing existed.

Sorry to burst your bubble but I stated a "second hand" not a "seconds hand".

 By: lavrentivs : May 11th, 2022-18:52
In hindsight I should have stated "another hand" instead. Do pardon the confusion.

Thank you so much

 By: baufoam : May 11th, 2022-00:03
For posting this! I have never seen such a clear picture of Alan’s watch. What a beauty!

The hand is not in the correct position.

 By: lavrentivs : May 11th, 2022-18:59
The hand is suppose to move 1/12 of 90 degrees over a year.

Thanks for the interesting background story !

 By: GLau : May 11th, 2022-12:54
This piece is very lovely and so unique ! For the seconds hand, is it hidden under the date hand in the photo ?

I stated that it is a "second hand" as in 2nd, not "seconds".

 By: lavrentivs : May 11th, 2022-18:55
Do pardon the confusion.

No worries 😉 I should have read it

 By: GLau : May 12th, 2022-16:11
more carefully 😅

Thank you very much for this scholarly and thought provoking post. Of the Senza Lunas I have seen in person or in photographs,

 By: patekova : May 11th, 2022-19:47
the Banberry is for me by far the most complicated and compelling. The others simply have a blank where the moon would be and accordingly no leap year cycle indicated and no 2d hand. And thanks for pointing out the functionality of that 2d hand the functi...