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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1990
    Reference No: 3800/3
    Movement No: 1'427'867
    Case No: 2'875'836
    Model Name: Nautilus
    Material: 18K white gold and diamonds
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 335, 29 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K white gold Patek Philippe bracelet, max length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white 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 1990 and its subsequent sale on July 5, 1991, service invoice dated May 15, 2009, presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Launched in 1981, the reference 3800 was Patek Philippe’s smaller iteration of the original Nautilus reference 3700. Measuring a still substantial 37.5mm diameter, the reference 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 models manufactured by Patek Philippe to collect.

    The present timepiece is most notably cased in white gold, giving a beautiful shining luster that only white gold has. It has a diamond set bezel and diamond-set markers, all of which are confirmed by the Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives. Moreover, the present timepiece is in excellent condition, having undergone a servicing at Patek Philippe in 2008. All hallmarks are crisp and visible and all contrasting satin and polished finishes are present. White gold is particularly rarer than its yellow gold counter part, making the present watch even more desirable among the Patek Philippe collecting community.

  • 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. 3800/3
A highly rare and attractive white gold and diamond-set wristwatch with center seconds and bracelet

1990
37.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF50,000 - 100,000 
€46,700-93,500
$54,400-109,000

Sold for CHF176,400

Contact Specialist

Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East Director
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The Geneva Watch Auction: XIV

Geneva Auction 5 & 7 November 2021