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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1982
    Reference No: 3700/11
    Movement No: 1'310'255
    Case No: 559'031
    Model Name: Nautilus
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 28-255C, 36 jewels, stamped with the Geneva Seal
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe bracelet, max length 210mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K gold Patek Philippe deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 42mm Width
    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 August 30th 1982.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The result of a collaboration between Patek Philippe and legendary designer Gerald Genta, the Nautilus was inspired by maritime portholes and named after Captain Nemo's submarine, the Nautilus, in Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. The reference 3700 embodies every aspect of Patek Philippe's avant-garde design philosophy of the 1970s, from the bold yet elegant curves, to the contrasting finish of the case, and even the delicate grooves of the dial.

    Extremely rare and one of haute horology's most iconic and coveted timepieces, the present watch is preserved in exceptional condition, with crisp edges and bevels throughout. The Gay Frères flat Nautilus clasp is correct, and the watch remains rigid and tight throughout. All hallmarks are crisp and visible beneath the lugs.

  • 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
A highly rare and attractive yellow gold wristwatch with date and bracelet

1982
42mm Width
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF100,000 - 150,000 
€90,700-136,000
$109,000-163,000

Sold for CHF226,800

Contact Specialist

Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East

41 79 637 1724
[email protected]

 

 

The Geneva Watch Auction: XIII

Geneva Auction 8 - 9 May 2021