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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1987
    Reference No: 3800J
    Movement No: 1'426'042
    Case No: 2'832'052
    Model Name: Nautilus
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 335SC, 29 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe bracelet, max length 220mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold Patek Philippe deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 37.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1987 and its subsequent sale on September 2nd 1987.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Launched in 1981, the ref. 3800 was Patek Philippe’s iteration of the original Nautilus ref. 3700, in a smaller case. Measuring 37.5mm diameter, the ref. 3800 is perhaps the perfect unisex wristwatch in modern times. The reference was manufactured with a wide array of case materials and dial variations, making it one of the most interesting luxury sports model manufactured by Patek Philippe to collect. Manufactured until 2006, the reference was launched in 4 series during its production spanning 25 years.

    While smaller in size, the Nautilus reference 3800 maintained all the design cues of its older brother, with its porthole inspired case, integrated metal bracelet, baton indexes and the immediately recognisable dial with embossed horizontal lines.

    Differing from its larger ref. 3700, the ref. 3800 features an additional sweep center seconds. Examples from the first series produced until 1987 were powered by cal. 335 SC (without quickset date), second series examples featured the same caliber, however with an upgraded quickset date function were produced until 1992. Examples from the third series featured yet another upgraded cal. 330-134 and was produced until 1997 and the last series featured the cal. 330-194.

    The present Nautilus in yellow gold is a rare timepiece offering the wearer the best of both worlds. Versatile in design and size, it bears a calm air of luxury adding a dash of panache and flamboyance on any wrist it adorns.

  • 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. 3800J
A very elegant and refined yellow gold automatic wristwatch with date and bracelet

1987
37.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF20,000 - 30,000 
€18,500-27,800
$21,800-32,700

Sold for CHF50,400

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Alexandre Ghotbi
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The Geneva Watch Auction: XII

Geneva Auction 6 - 7 November 2020