Patek Philippe - The Geneva Watch Auction: EIGHT Geneva Saturday, November 10, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 2018
    Reference No: 5711/1A
    Movement No: 7'176'298
    Case No: 6'263'725
    Model Name: Nautilus "Jumbo"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 324 SC, 29 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Patek Philippe bracelet stamped "A384EBP", max length 200mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Patek Philippe deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 42.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed by maker, dial further signed by retailer
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Certificat d'Origine stamped by Tiffany & Co and dated July 30, 2018, leather pouch, product literature, fitted presentation box and Tiffany blue outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Some watch designs manage to strike such a perfect balance between sporty and formal, quirky and classic, elegant and carefree, that they immediately become true icons of watchmaking. Few wristwatch models can claim such a timeless construction. Among these few, one could mention the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, the Rolex Submariner and the Patek Philippe Nautilus.

    Originally envisioned by genius designer Gerald Genta in 1976, the case design is inspired by a luxury cruiser’s portholes, subtly underlining the marriage of elegance and sporty robustness found in this timepiece. Originally marketed as the ultimate status symbol, with strong emphasis on its high cost even though the watch is cased in stainless steel (period advertisements memorably read: “One of the world’s costliest watches is made of steel), the model is today one of the most recognized and appreciated sports watches available on the market.

    The first incarnation of the Nautilus is reference 3700, remarkable for its large dimensions, so much that it became known as the “Jumbo”. However, the reference 3700 in steel was discontinued in the mid-1980s (other metals were available until at least 1998) leaving the Nautilus collection without its most iconic representative. The time-only reference 3800 was in production until 2006 but it features a smaller size, while the reference 3710 was launched in 1998 with the same size, but it was a complicated timepiece. Reference 5711 thus represents the return of the “Jumbo” Nautilus, featuring a design extremely similar to the original model with only minor technical upgrades. The fact that it is now a virtually impossible-to-obtain timepiece, with waiting lists at retailers stretching into years, indicates how timeless and universally praised this design is.

    The present example is offered in pristine condition - having been delivered on July, 30 of this year - and furthermore features the highly sought-after Tiffany dial, discreetly bearing the signature of the retailer just above the index at 6 o’ clock, a detail which further amplifies the appeal and collectability of the piece. As expected, the Certificate is signed by Tiffany, and an additional Tiffany outer package completes the ensemble.

  • 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. 5711/1A
A fine and very rare stainless steel automatic wristwatch with center seconds, date, bracelet, Certificate and box, retailed by Tiffany & Co.

42.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed by maker, dial further signed by retailer

CHF40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for CHF125,000

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The Geneva Watch Auction: EIGHT

Geneva Auction 10-11 November 2018