Ref. 3974J

Sep 17, 2022,18:35 PM

As part of Patek Philippe’s celebration of their 150th anniversary, the company introduced this self-winding minute repeater with perpetual calendar and moon-phase in 1989. This example is made in yellow gold with the case manufactured by Jean Pierre Hagmann, as can be seen underneath the lug at the 7 o’clock position.

The dial is glossy black lacquer with applied Breguet numerals. This dial’s particular claim to uniqueness lies with the Calatrava cross featured underneath the maker’s signature on the dial.

A look at calibre 27RQ and case back; note the JHP stamping under the lug at the top right and the 22K mini-rotor.

A close-up of the Calatrava cross on the dial.

Some nice looking stars on the moon-phase disc.

A shot of the double stepped lug design.

The Calatrava cross is featured on the crown.

A close-up of the 22K mini-rotor; note the barleycorn guilloché decoration.

The Calatrava cross is also featured on the governor mechanism.

A look at the mirror polished gongs.

The balance assembly.

The signing on the movement.

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This is truly spectacular...

 By: mdg : September 17th, 2022-18:49
...the word 'Grail' has been redefined : )

Wow this is truly spectacular

 By: TeutonicCarFan : September 17th, 2022-18:54
What great pieces we have lurking in here. I love it. Wonder if the MP disc is enamel blue?

A delicious watch, this one!

 By: amanico : September 17th, 2022-20:24

Elegant but powerful!

 By: lm6 : September 17th, 2022-23:09

What an incredible remarkable watch!

 By: w220 : September 18th, 2022-00:10
And I notice by the wear on the case that this watch has been worn and enjoyed a lot by its owner, instead of being tucked away in a safe somewhere, never to see daylight again. Well done by the owner to actually wear this masterpiece!

Great review ! The black lacquer dial with Brequet numerals are

 By: GLau : September 18th, 2022-11:49
simply superb ! How does the MR sound ?

Genuine question...

 By: BigFatPauli : September 18th, 2022-15:51
I realise this watch is from 1989 so in the last 30+ years it has likely been serviced. I would assume that a watch of this pedigree would be sent back to Patek for the service and dropped off at a kiosk in mall... So how exactly does a hair get on the mo...