2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the Nautilus, undoubtedly one of Patek Philippe's most iconic watch references ever produced. The very first reference, 3700/1, embodied every aspect of Patek Philippe's design philosophy, from the bold yet elegant curves to the contrasting finishes of the case and delicate grooves of the dial. The result was sublime. An ultimate collaboration between Philippe Stern and Gerald Genta, the Nautilus' appearance was inspired by the robust proportions of maritime portholes.
It is hard to qualify the many ways in which the Nautilus has changed the horological world. Its influence extends far and wide, and has forever changed the way we view a 'sports watch'. At the time of production, reference 3700/1 retailed for $3100 USD, which was considered a high sum. Today, the Nautilus has become a true collector's item, becoming increasingly valuable over the years.
As part of our upcoming sale, The Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE, we are incredibly enthused to present a range of Nautilus wristwatches that embody the variety and strength of the iconic model — from those cased in the noblest of metals to others equipped with horological complications.
The Nautilus' appearance was inspired by the robust proportions of maritime portholes.
Patek Philippe Ref. 3700/1. A fine, rare and large stainless steel wristwatch with date and bracelet.
The above reference 3700/1 in stainless steel, the Jumbo Nautilus, is one of the very first models of the Nautilus collection. During this period, luxury sports watches were usually produced in gold; thus, reference 3700/1 in steel was a true anomaly in the watchmaking community. In production from 1976 until 1987 in steel, the reference was distinguished by its generous case proportions. The reference houses a calibre 28-255 C based on a LeCoultre ébauche, and it was the best ultra-flat automatic movement for the period of its production. Further highlighting the reference, the cases were manufactured by Favre-Perret and the dials were hand-made by Stern Frères. It is estimated that only around 3600 examples were produced, making this particular watch exceedingly sought-after today.
Patek Philippe Ref. 3800/1. A fine yellow gold and stainless steel wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, bracelet and champagne dial.
This reference 3800/1 Nautilus is fitted with a yellow gold bezel that complements the exotic champagne ribbed dial. Further enhancing the watch, the bracelet is presented in a very contrasting fashion in yellow gold and stainless steel, giving the watch a very sporty yet elegant look.
Patek Philippe Ref. 3800/5. A fine and rare yellow gold and diamond-set bracelet watch with sweep centre seconds, date and champagne dial.
Gold Nautilus are extremely sought after today. For a design that is 40 years old, the model still looks as cutting edge and sophisticated as it was when the late Gerald Genta created it. This watch is further enhanced with its diamond setting. Offered in original and a very attractive condition, this watch is still incredibly sought-after today.
Patek Philippe Ref. 3800/1. A fine and rare stainless steel bracelet watch with sweep centre seconds and date.
The Patek Philippe reference 3800/1 was introduced to the market in the early 1980s and have a production run until 2006. Our watch is a highly charismatic example in very crisp and original condition.
Patek Philippe Ref. 5726. A fine stainless steel annual calendar wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, moon phases, 24 hours, original certificate and fitted presentation box.
The reference 5726 was launched in 2010 and available in stainless steel with leather strap only. Patek Philippe began production of a new version with light silvered dial and stainless steel bracelet in 2012. Presented in like new condition and complete with all original accessories, our model showcases Patek Philippe's casually elegant classic.
Patek Philippe Ref. 5712GR-001. A fine and rare pink and white gold wristwatch with date, moon phases, power reserve, original certificate and fitted presentation box, made for the Hong Kong market.
Patek Philippe launched reference 5712 in October 2006 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Nautilus family. The watch quickly became very popular and has captivated collectors with its unique case design and dial configuration. Our watch on offer, cased in pink and white gold, is a limited edition for the Hong Kong market. Complete with all original accessories,it is offered in pristine condition.
Patek Philippe Ref. 3710/1. A fine stainless steel bracelet watch with sweep centre seconds, date and power reserve.
The Patek Philippe Nautilus reference 3710/1 was first introduced in 1997 and discontinued in 2005. The reference was an upgrade from reference 3700 and was fitted with a power reserve indicator at 12 o'clock. The reference is rare and seldom seen on the market, and our watch is offered in excellent, crisp and very original condition.
Patek Philippe Ref. 5980. A fine stainless steel flyback chronograph bracelet watch with date.
The above reference 5980 bridges the gap in between a sports watch and luxury timepiece. Originally devised as a sports watch, and hence encased in stainless steel, our reference 5980 made its debut in 2006 and is fitted with the in-house chronograph calibre 28-520 C movement. The ribbed dial features an iconic 'bull's eye' subsidiary dial that includes the register for both elapsed hours and minutes.
Patek Philippe Ref. 5712. A fine stainless steel wristwatch with date, moon phases, power reserve, bracelet, original certificate and fitted presentation box.
Patek Philippe's reference 5712 was released in October 2006, made to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the cult model Nautilus. Reference 5712 replaced Reference 3712, which was in production from 2005 to 2006. Our model was purchased on 20 December 2006, and is among the early examples that Patek Philippe produced. The watch is in like new condition.
Patek Philippe Ref. 5711. A very fine and rare platinum bracelet watch with sweep centre seconds, date and original certificate.
The present reference 5711 belongs to an elite production line, and it is believed that only 30 pieces were ever manufactured. There are some subtle differences that one must look closely in order to discover why our model is so different: First, the blue-jean colour of the dial; second, the diamond at 6 o'clock; and third, the metal has a different appearance and is a lot shinier and more white. Our watch is extremely heavy, rendered entirely in the most noble of metals, platinum.
This is only the second time an all platinum Nautilus has appeared on the market. Further highlighting the exclusivity of this Nautilus bracelet watch is that it is in brand new condition and retains all original accessories.