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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 2004
    Reference No: 3710/1A
    Movement No: 3'231'343
    Case No: 4'175'366
    Model Name: Nautilus, "Comet"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 330 SC, 29 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Patek Philippe bracelet, max length 180mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Patek Philippe deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 42mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin dated October 12, 2004, product literature, wallet and presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The first Nautilus model, designed by Gérald Genta, was inspired by the maritime and in particular Captain Nemo’s submarine “Nautilus” in Jules Verne’s adventure story Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

    The 42mm diameter case was consider a “Jumbo” size for the time and it embodied the new avant-garde design influences of the early 1970s, a period of cultural change and relaxing societal norms with less formal affairs and a more laid back attitude: an ideal environment for the laid back elegance of the Nautilus.

    The historical importance of the reference 3710 cannot be underlined enough as it is a direct bridge between the references 3700 and 5712. Launched in 1998 and in production until 2004/2005, it retained the smooth dial with Roman numerals as found in the reference 3800, yet it signed the return of the “Jumbo” sized 42mm case size of the reference 3700.

    However, and most importantly, the reference 3710 was the very first Nautilus to feature a complication (other than date): a very unusual power reserve / state of wind indicator nicknamed by collectors “comet”. The said “comet” being placed on a rotating disc and once the movement fully wound the disc would continue rotating, indicating that the winding mechanism was disconnected from the main barrel.

    Offered in overall very pleasing condition, this example retains its Certificate of Origin dated for October 12, 2004 and its original presentation box.

  • 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. 3710/1A
A fine and attractive stainless steel wristwatch with date, power reserve and bracelet, Certificate of Origin and presentation box

42mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF35,000 - 70,000 

Sold for CHF88,200

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XIV

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