Launched in 1968 the Golden Ellipse collection marked a significant shift for Patek as they embraced the constantly changing world that was the 1960's. With the dawn quartz technology on its way, Patek sought a watch that was both unisex in its design and also immediately 'Patek' in its aesthetic. With that design brief, Patek debuted the Golden Ellipse to immediate success as a result of its novel and forward-thinking design and luxurious construction. Made from 18k white gold and powered by a manual-wind movement, the ref. 3567 celebrated classical watchmaking's techniques while also retaining a forward-thinking design in the form of its thin rounded rectangle-shaped case and integrated bracelet, both of which, like its blue dial, feature a hand-hammered technique that cover the entirety of the watch, showcasing some impressive watchmaking craftsmanship considering it was the 1970s. With its lug-less design, and elegant unisex proportions, the ref. 3567 follows the success of the Ellipses that came before it and has since proven to be as successful as its sibling Ellipse references, all which has lead to the collection remaining within Patek's catalog to this day.
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Est. value range
$4,000 – $8,000
Watch is in excellent overall condition. Case shows one minor surface wear, and no significant scratches or marks. Calatrava cross logo on clasp and the hallmarks on the bottom side of clasp are crisp and fully visible. The textured dial has some areas of oxidation that have penetrated the galvanic surface, creating a unique natural effect reminiscent of stone. Printing on dial is crisp and intact, and the indexes are clean. There is minor wear near the center post of the minute hand as seen in the images. The band fits an approx 7 3/4" wrist.
Offered with its beautiful blue dial, intricate hand-hammered 18kt white construction and incredibly thin manual-wind movement, this ref. 3567 is a gorgeous reminder of how classical watchmaking has made an effort to modernize itself. With the Ellipse's longevity so far, it's hard to think Patek weren't successful in their pursuit, and thankfully so.