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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1985
    Reference No: 3800
    Movement No: 1'420'422
    Case No: 2'827'016
    Model Name: Nautilus
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 335 SC, 29 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe bracelet, max. length 145mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 37.5mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by a Patek Philippe fitted box, service papers from Chronometrie Beyer dated 1990 and an Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1985 and its subsequent sale on November 17th, 1986.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Patek Philippe Nautilus reference 3800, launched in the early 1980s, was the first evolution of the original Nautilus reference 3700 presented just a few years earlier. Whereas the original reference 3700 was fiercely masculine, reference 3800 showed more restraint with a smaller diameter of 37.5 millimeters.

    While smaller in size, the Nautilus reference 3800 maintained all the design cues of its older brother, with its porthole inspired case, integrated metal bracelet, baton indexes and the immediately recognisable dial with embossed horizontal lines.

    The major change was the addition of a seconds hand indicating a mechanical evolution with the adoption of the Patek Philippe caliber 335 SC.

    The present Nautilus in yellow gold is a rare timepiece offering the wearer the best of both worlds. Versatile in design and size, it bears a calm air of luxury enabling it to look good, worn on the snowy slopes of Saint Moritz or during a gala night at La Scala.

  • 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. 3800
A fine and attractive yellow gold wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, bracelet and dark blue dial

1985
37.5mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF8,000 - 12,000 
€7,400-11,100
$7,900-11,900

Sold for CHF52,500

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