Patek Philippe - The Geneva Watch Auction: XI Geneva Sunday, June 28, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1982
    Reference No: 3700/11
    Movement No: 1'310'244
    Case No: 559'014
    Model Name: Nautilus
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 28-255C, 36 jewels, stamped with the Geneva Seal
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold, max length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 42mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming manufacture of the present watch in 1982 and its subsequent sale on January 3rd 1984

  • Catalogue Essay

    Patek Philippe, with the introduction of the Nautilus in 1976 created one of the most iconic and classic wristwatches of the late 20th century. It was a new era of luxury and glamour.

    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 link bracelet, and ultra-thin automatic movement had a masculine aesthetic compared to the smaller dressy gold mechanical watches of the time.

    Reference 3700/001 was in production until 1981 and featured a straight bracelet, while its successor the reference 3700/11 with tapered steel bracelet, remained in production until 1990

    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 present Nautilus is fresh to the market and offered by the family of the original owner. The owner was a major art and watch collector, in 1984 his daughter left home to study art in Geneva and the parents decided to accompany her. A visit to the Patek Philippe Salon resulted in the purchase of a Nautilus for each of the family members by the father: a reference 3800 in gold for his wife, a reference 3800 in steel and gold for his daughter and the present gold reference 3700 for himself. Finding the watch a bit too flashy he hardly wore the watch which has now been kept in a safe, unworn for over 25 years.

    In absolutely excellent condition, with strong bevels and tight bracelet the present Nautilus offers an ultra rare opportunity to purchase a gold reference 3700, one of haute horology's most iconic and coveted timepieces.

  • 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
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF70,000 - 100,000 

Sold for CHF156,250

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XI

Geneva Auction 27 - 28 June 2020