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PP 3940 - wrong dial and hands.

  1. Romega

    Romega Nov 14, 2019

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    Hi guys.

    I just got this PP 3940 from 1995. Former owner wanted another dial, and got the watch serviced at PP. He got this dial, instead of the original one with gold hands and indexes. Does anyone have any idea on how to get it back in its original condition. Without spending all my money ?


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    Thanks in advance!
     
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  2. billving

    billving Nov 14, 2019

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    Not really sure. That looks like the more recent roman dial (I didnt check the hands), I would imagine that for Patek this would be a very expensive swap - and that's assuming that they would do it. I guess for a price they would.

    Question, was it really really really cheap? Why not just buy one with a proper dial?
     
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  3. billving

    billving Nov 14, 2019

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    Roman dial. Hand's match it also. I think that these dials were mid-late 2000's until the end of the 3940 run

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  4. Romega

    Romega Nov 15, 2019

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    Hi, thanks for your reply.
    I have contacted PP in Geneva. They did the swap themselves on a service, so I hope they will swap it back to its original condition.
     
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  5. billving

    billving Nov 15, 2019

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    Great Definitely wouldnt go anywhere else for it.
     
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  6. alphabeta81

    alphabeta81 Nov 19, 2019

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    Won't be cheap but if the records they have for the case and movement numbers show the original different dial, Patek will put that dial on it. What they don't do is put a dial on that does not match the records (eg if you wanted a blue dial? no go)
     
  7. Geezer

    Geezer Dec 3, 2019

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    Indeed, PP will change it for you. They will charge you for the dial and hands (and they won't return the old dial and hands). Still, I would do it and it's also a good opportunity to have it serviced.
     
  8. S.Song

    S.Song Jan 14, 2020

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    I think it might cost you a bomb because Patek also won't touch it without doing a full service etc. Any update on costing?
     
  9. guaranteed.rohu

    guaranteed.rohu Jan 15, 2020

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    interesting that they had it swapped out - does PP not let you keep the original part?
     
  10. guaranteed.rohu

    guaranteed.rohu Jan 15, 2020

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    PS I agree with your sentiment, I would swap it out for the indices dial too.
     
  11. alphabeta81

    alphabeta81 Jan 15, 2020

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    Patek "won't touch it without doing a full service" - did you have that experience personally?
    Is that a new rule? When I sent in a Patek perpetual to HSNY, they said they can change the dial language without a complete service. This was in 2017.
     
  12. S.Song

    S.Song Jan 15, 2020

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    Yes I do. Interesting, perhaps its the case of different country, different policy. But the closest official PP service center for me is Geneva Master Time in Singapore and a couple times I've brought in something they've refused unless a full service is done. I find AP more willing to compromise in this part of the world.
     
  13. Romega

    Romega Jan 16, 2020

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    Update:

    Thanks for all the input. The correct dial is hard to find, and Patek does not produce this anymore.

    Regarding servicecost, Patek states that service cost is 1800 CHF, almost the same amount in USD:

    https://www.patek.com/en/retail-service/services/service-costs

    Expensive, but not to bad. I will seach for the right dial, or maybee just pass this watch on to someone who likes it as is
     
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  14. Evitzee

    Evitzee Jan 16, 2020

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    This is probably a good example of why you should be happy with what you buy in a recent vintage watch because a manufacturer may not want, or be able, to change the dial back to what it originally came with. If money were no object, and if you were a good customer, PP could make a new dial but for most of us this isn't possible. I think the Roman dial is quite attractive, but if I didn't like it I wouldn't have bought the watch and expected to have PP replace the dial. I seriously doubt you will come across a standard dial, but good luck with the search. Otherwise I'd enjoy the watch.

    $1,800 is the going rate for a high grade perpetual calendar these days, my last overhaul on my AP skeleton perpetual was 5 years ago and it was $1,450, I'd guess it's up to the $1,700 - $1,800 range by now. Expensive watches = expensive services by the manufacturer. You don't take a Ferrari to a Jiffy Lube for an oil change.
     
  15. S.Song

    S.Song Jan 16, 2020

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    Yeah Patek service prices are actually not too bad...relatively...
     
  16. guaranteed.rohu

    guaranteed.rohu Jan 16, 2020

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    All things considered, not too bad! I have heard of some crazy prices for services that include new dials of older watches, like 5-7k USD for old time only pieces from Patek AP Vacheron