An extremely rare and attractive white gold wristwatch with center seconds, date, bracelet and box

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  • Condition Report

  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1998
    Reference No: 3800/1
    Movement No: 3'024'128
    Case No: 4'033'637
    Model Name: Nautilus
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 330SC, 30 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K white gold Patek Philippe bracelet, max length 195mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Patek Philippe deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 37.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by a Patek Philippe fitted box and Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1998 and its subsequent sale on August 6, 1998 and pouch.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Patek Philippe Nautilus reference 3800 had remained, until very recently, somewhat under the radar of collectors who preferred to focus on its larger counterparts, the original reference 3700 and its modern interpretation, the reference 5711. However, the relative discretion of the reference 3800 did not last long, with connoisseurs appreciating its more versatile 37.5 mm case size, offering greater versatility.

    Released in 1981, reference 3800 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.

    Made in majority in stainless steel, yellow gold or a mix thereof, the Nautilus reference 3800 in white gold is an extremely rare and elusive model of which only 13 examples are known.

    The desirability of this white gold Nautilus reference 3800 is further highlighted by the incredible condition of the watch with its factory original polished and brushed surfaces, rigid bracelet and overall attractive heft.

    A sports chic model par excellence, the rarity, desirability and superb condition make the present white gold reference 3800 a definitive piece to have for the savvy collector.

  • Maker Bio

    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
An extremely rare and attractive white gold wristwatch with center seconds, date, bracelet and box

1998
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
37.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF30,000 - 50,000 
€27,300-45,500
$30,100-50,200

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Alexandre Ghotbi
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