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

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1986
    Reference No: 3800/1
    Movement No: 1'425'640
    Case No: 2'826'625
    Model Name: Nautilus
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 335 SC, 29 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Patek Philippe bracelet
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 37mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed by maker, dial furthermore signed by retailer
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin dated 19 March, 1987 abd stamped Beyer. Furthermore delivered with Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1986 with black matte ribbed dial, applied white gold indexes, tritium and its subsequent sale on June 6, 1986

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 3800 represents the mid-size iteration of the iconic Nautilus model. It was released in 1981, five years after the launch of the line as a downsized version of reference 3700; the goal of the company being probably to entice collectors who deemed the 42mm diameter of the original Nautilus excessive. It remained in production until 2006, during which the movement presented several evolutions. Early models feature caliber 335 SC without the quick set date feature through the crown. Such development was introduced in 1987, while keeping caliber 335SC. In 1992 a third generation was introduced featuring cal. 330 134, and finally cal. 330 194 was employed for the pieces made from 1997 to 2006, year of discontinuation.

    The present piece is offered in extremely honest and attractive condition, but its true highlight is the highly sought-after and equally rare “Beyer” signature on the dial, indicating it was originally retailed by the celebrated Zurich-based retailer. According to our research, before the discovery of this fresh-to-the-market watch, only one stainless steel reference 3800 was known with the Beyer signature. The discovery of this example brings the total number of Beyer-signed ref. 3800 to two, making this a truly impossibly rare and exceedingly collectible wristwatch.

  • 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. 3800/1
A fine stainless steel automatic wristwatch with center seconds, date, bracelet and Certificate of Origin, retailed by Beyer

37mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed by maker, dial furthermore signed by retailer

CHF12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for CHF50,000

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The Geneva Watch Auction: EIGHT

Geneva Auction 10-11 November 2018