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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1982
    Reference No: 3700/11
    Movement No: 1'310'379
    Case No: 559'083
    Model Name: Nautilus
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 28-255C, 36 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold, max length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 42mm Diameter
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe box and Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production in 1982 and subsequent sale on January 6, 1983

  • Catalogue Essay

    A design that has stood the test of time, the Nautilus was Patek Philippe’s – rather successful – venture into the realm of casual chic sports watches.

    Gerald Genta’s design inspired by the portholes of transatlantic ocean liners was named after Captain Nemo’s Nautilus submarine from Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. The ‘Jumbo’ case with wide flat bezel, integrated steel link bracelet, and ultra-thin automatic movement had a masculine aesthetic compared to the smaller dressy gold mechanical watches of the time.

    Whereas the steel model is an invitation to travel to far off exotic places, the gold version like the present model is the perfect wrist wear for a dolce vita art of living that requires sipping Negroni cocktails and listening to Stan Getz.

    The gold livery of the present Nautilus reference 3700 adds so much flair, sophistication and suave cool to an already amazing watch regardless of the metal.

    The arrival on the auction market of a yellow gold reference 3700 is so rare and far in between that finding one like the present model, fresh to the market and in overall excellent condition with strong bevels and tight bracelet is an event that should not be missed.

  • 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. 3700/11
An extremely rare and attractive yellow gold wristwatch with date and bracelet

42mm Diameter

CHF60,000 - 100,000 

Sold for CHF150,000

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Alexandre Ghotbi
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The Geneva Watch Auction: NINE

Geneva Auction 11-12 May 2019