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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 2005
    Reference No: 3711/1
    Movement No: 3'400'811
    Case No: 4'293'000
    Model Name: Nautilus
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 315/290, 29 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K white gold Patek Philippe bracelet, max length 190mm.
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Patek Philippe folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 42mm. Width
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe fitted presentation box, outer packaging, Certificate of Origin dated 2005, wallet and product literature. Further accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in white gold with black ribbed dial, 12 white gold indexes, superluminova and white gold bracelet in 2005 and its subsequent sale on 21 June 2005.

  • Catalogue Essay

    First launched in 1976, the Nautilus is one of Patek Philippe’s most iconic watch references ever produced. Inspired by the robust proportions of maritime portholes, reference 3700 merged Patek Philippe’s elegant design philosophy with durability to create the ultimate watch made to withstand the elements. When the Nautilus was first launched, the watch retailed for $3100 US dollars, which was a high price to pay for a stainless steel wristwatch. Today, the model has become a true collector's timepiece and ultimately changed the way we perceive a sports watch.

    Reference 3711 is the white gold successor of the cult reference 3700. While the watch retains the overall design aesthetic of the "Jumbo Nautilus" along with the automatic caliber 315, it features a slightly thicker case with the addition of sweep center seconds. First launched in 2004, the reference was produced for three shorts years until it was discontinued in 2007. Consequently, few examples were manufactured and the reference is very rare. The present watch is fresh to the market, with approximately just over two dozen pieces having appeared thus far.

    The present watch is offered in virtually like-new condition, displaying the bold yet elegant curves and contrasting finishes that the Nautilus is best known for. It is furthermore presented with its original accessories such as the Certificate of Origin and fitted presentation box, providing another element of collectibility.

  • Artist Biography

    Patek Philippe

    Swiss • 1839

    Since its founding in 1839, this famous Geneva-based firm has been surprising its clientele with superbly crafted timepieces fitted with watchmaking's most prestigious complications. Traditional and conservative designs are found across Patek Philippe's watches made throughout their history — the utmost in understated elegance.

    Well-known for the Graves Supercomplication — a highly complicated pocket watch that was the world’s most complicated watch for 50 years — this family-owned brand has earned a reputation of excellence around the world. Patek's complicated vintage watches hold the highest number of world records for results achieved at auction compared with any other brand. For collectors, key models include the reference 1518, the world's first serially produced perpetual calendar chronograph, and its successor, the reference 2499. Other famous models include perpetual calendars such as the ref. 1526, ref. 3448 and 3450, chronographs such as the reference 130, 530 and 1463, as well as reference 1436 and 1563 split seconds chronographs. Patek is also well-known for their classically styled, time-only "Calatrava" dress watches, and the "Nautilus," an iconic luxury sports watch first introduced in 1976 as the reference 3700 that is still in production today.

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Ref. 3711/1
A fine, very rare and large white gold wristwatch with sweep center seconds, date, bracelet, fitted presentation box and original certificate

42mm. Width
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for CHF75,000

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The Geneva Watch Auction: FIVE

Geneva Auctions 13 – 14 May 2017