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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1980
    Reference No: 3700/003
    Movement No: 1'307'428
    Case No: 544'596
    Model Name: Nautilus
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 28 255C, 36 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe bracelet, max length 200mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 42mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and cuff links signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin dated April 15 1980 confirming the watch is set with 112 brilliant cut diamonds for a total of 1,43ct, leather wallet, product literature yellow gold and diamond set cuff links and fitted box for the cuff links. Further accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives, confirming manufacture of the present watch in 1980 and its subsequent sale in February 12, 1980.

  • Catalogue Essay

    What started as Patek Philippe’s first leisure luxury watch has slowly evolved into a full collection of time only and complicated timepieces made in steel and precious metals, highly coveted by collectors with waiting list that can be counted in years.

    Gerald Genta’s design inspired by the portholes of transatlantic ocean liners was named after Captain Nemo’s Nautilus submarine from Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. The ‘Jumbo’ case with wide flat bezel, integrated link bracelet, and ultra-thin automatic movement had a masculine aesthetic compared to the smaller dressy gold mechanical watches of the time.

    The original Nautilus reference 3700 presented in 1976 was intended as a luxury sports watch and thus was made in steel, however in the 1980s Patek Philippe decided to create a very small number of pieces in yellow gold adding a dash of glamour to its iconic design.

    Patek Philippe pushed its own boundaries by creating an even rarer version of the gold Nautilus with a bezel elegantly set with two rows of diamonds adding extra flamboyance to the watch. So rare is the reference 3700/ 003 that the present example is only the fifth known.

    Preserved in extremely appealing condition the watch with strong case, sharp bevels and rigid bracelet the present Nautilus is rendered even more collectible thanks to the fact that it is accompanied by its original certificate stamped 15 April 1980 by Wempe in Hamburg and is complemented by a set of yellow gold and diamond set cufflinks.

    A watch of incomparable elegance and sophistication the present ultra-rare reference 3700/003 is a must have for the collector of rare iconic watches.

  • 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. 3700/003
A spectacular, rare and very attractive yellow gold and diamond-set wristwatch with bracelet, matching cuff links and original certificate

42mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and cuff links signed

CHF100,000 - 200,000 

Sold for CHF189,000

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XII

Geneva Auction 6 - 7 November 2020