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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 2005
    Reference No: 3712/1A
    Movement No: 3'169'780
    Case No: 4'340'413
    Model Name: Nautilus
    Material: Stainless Steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 240 PS IRM C LU, 29 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Patek Philippe bracelet
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Patek Philippe deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 42mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin, hang tag, setting pin, product literature, leather wallet, and cardboard box. Furthermore accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 2005 and its subsequent sale on July 27, 2005.

  • Catalogue Essay

    First introduced in 2005, Patek Philippe's reference 3712/1A remained in production for approximately one year, with some estimating as few as eight months. 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 or featured a power reserve. The present example features a power reserve, moon phases, and a subsidiary dial for constant seconds. The recognizable nautilus bracelet gives this watch a sporty, yet classic look, making it versatile and wearable for multiple occasions.

    At first glance, the 3712 appears quite similar to its successor, the 5712, but there are many noteworthy differences when the details are examined. Most notably, the 3712 has a slightly smaller case measuring 42mm in diameter as it is constructed using only two pieces compared with the more rounded, tripartite 43mm case of the 5712. The dial of the reference 3712 features wider grooves, or channels, and different hour markers than its successor.

    Still factory sealed and as such preserved in excellent condition, this watch is sure to please most Patek Philippe collectors. The reference 3712 is amongst the rarest of all variants of the Nautilus, making it extremely sought after. It is further accompanied by its original accessories and certificate of origin.

  • 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
A fine and rare stainless steel wristwatch with date, moonphases, power reserve, bracelet, certificate of origin and presentation box, factory sealed

42mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF50,000 - 100,000 

Sold for CHF201,600

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XIII

Geneva Auction 8 - 9 May 2021