Patek Philippe. A Stainless Steel Backwound Wristwatch
Cal. 1-350 automatic movement, 28 jewels, blue sunburst dial, applied baton numerals, center seconds, oval case, brushed bezel, hidden lugs, back winding crown, screw back, case, dial, and movement signed
40mm x 35mm
Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives
Patek Philippe launched the reference 3580 in the early 1970’s, and production lasted until 1980. It was the firm’s only stainless steel wristwatch produced with a back winding system, and was available with either a silvered dial or bright blue dial.
The 1970’s were dominated by the trend of not following a trend – watch cases and dials were an outlet for people to show their individuality and wear pieces that were “different”. While women’s watches began to feature gemstones and both geometric and abstract designs, the design of men’s watches was more restrained, but still with charismatic and playful details. The oval shape of the 3580 is more modern and futuristic, and the bright blue dial stands out on the wearer’s wrist.
Innovative in both design and technicality, the 3580 was a reference that embraced the desire of people to wear watches that were noticeable and looked to the future in their design.