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Patek Philippe Ellipse 3855


Here is such an elegant watch that epitomises the style and elegance that Patek Philippe are known for, making this one watch that will always look incredible on the wrist day or night.

Made in the early 1970's in 18 carat yellow gold, this is the Patek Philippe Ellipse reference 3855 with a very rare case shape along with a highly coveted Sigma dial.

To begin with, a bit about the sigma dial. Looking at the bottom of this dial, you will note that on each side of the word "Swiss:, there is the Greek letter, sigma which can be seen here σ. What this subtle yet important mark designates, is that the hands and index markers are in solid gold. Used by a few watch companies in Switzerland from 1970, it was among its main reason to signify when gold parts were on the dial to subsequently add to both the financial and intrinsic value of a watch. The gold hand and index markers stand out sensationally against the vivid blue dial, and is certain to catch the eyes of all who see it. This blue is the perfect colour to compliment the gold case, dial and index markers, and the watch is fitted on a band that we had custom made band by the illustrious watchband making workshop, Torre in Italy.

Then there is the case that was made with the corners cut as opposed to being oval as are most Patek Philippe Ellipse watches. This case shape is so rare and unique and has such an elegance to it that will make it look perfect with any suit or smart attire.

Inside the watch is the gorgeous manual wind Patek Philippe calibre 215 that has just been completely serviced by our in-house watchmaker and comes with our two year warranty. Measuring a mere 2.55mm in height, the movement has a 44 hour power reserve and runs perfectly.

Along with our watches and pocket watches, we are also able to service yours, so please feel free to bring your watch in for a free quote.

Complete with its original papers, the words exquisite and elegance are simply perfect to describe this watch.


Stock# C2152

Maker: Patek Philippe

Model: Patek Philippe Ellipse reference 3855

Circa: 1970



Patek Philippe Ellipse 3855

Patek Philippe Ellipse 3855 with the Sigma dial.


What is a Sigma dial?

The history behind sigma dials is a very interesting one which has now made watches with these dials highly sought after. The sigma dial is discreetly marked with the Greek letter sigma (Ó) on each end of the T SWISS T or SWISS at the bottom of the dial. From 1970, watch companies who were members of the Association pour la Promotion Industrielle de Or (APRIOR), such as Rolex, Patek Philippe, IWC, Omega and Vacheron & Constantin to name a few, produced dials with the sigma letter to notify that the hands and index markers are made in gold. This was used at a time when the Japanese "quartz revolution" started coming in. Sigma dials were produced for one main reason to notify when gold parts were used on a watch, including the dial to subsequently add to both the financial and intrinsic value of a watch. An important and quite interesting point to note, is that the sigma dials can be found on watches that are made all in stainless steel ie case, band and bezel, but with a sigma dial, not the index markers and hands.


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