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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 2005
    Reference No: 3712/1A-001
    Movement No: 3’171’567
    Case No: 4’340’503
    Model Name: Nautilus
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 240, 29 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Patek Philippe Nautilus integrated bracelet
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Patek Philippe hidden clasp
    Dimensions: 42mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed.
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe fitted box, Certificate of Origin and factory service box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Patek Philippe introduced reference 3712/1A in 2005, and it remained in production for approximately one year – some estimate as few as eight months. Its successor, the much-coveted reference 5712/1, was launched in October of 2006 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Nautilus, alongside the references 5712R (the first Nautilus to be offered on a leather bracelet), 5800/1, 5980/1, and the highly successful 5711/1.

    Originally designed by world renowned Gerald Genta, the first of the Nautilus family was presented in 1976. Reference 3712/1A was at the time of its launch, the most complicated version of the Nautilus made by Patek Philippe, which had previously only indicated the date. The letters following the official name of the self-winding caliber 240 – PS IRM C LU – stand for "petites secondes" (small seconds), "indication de réserve de marche" (power reserve), "calendrier" (date), and "lune" (moon), all of which are present on the 3712 in an idiosyncratic but somehow harmonious arrangement.

    At first glance, the 3712 appears quite similar to its successor, the 5712, but there are many noteworthy differences when the watches' details are examined. Most notably, the 3712 has a slightly smaller case measuring 42 mm in diameter as it is constructed using only two pieces compared with the more rounded, three piece, 43mm case of the 5712. The dial of the reference 3712 features wider grooves, or channels, and different hour markers than its successor. A particularly subtle but well-studied detail is the presence of just three red dots on the power reserve indicator, versus four dots on the 5712, to indicate a low remaining power reserve.

    Appearing for the first time at auction, still sealed in its factory service box, this rare Nautilus is sure to delight any collector of luxury steel sports watches.

  • 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. 3712/1A-001
A very fine and rare stainless steel wristwatch with date, moonphases, power reserve and bracelet, with factory service box

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

CHF50,000 - 100,000 

Sold for CHF162,500

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The Geneva Watch Auction: NINE

Geneva Auction 11-12 May 2019