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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1980
    Reference No: 3700/1
    Movement No: 1'309'772
    Case No: 540'940
    Model Name: Nautilus "Jumbo"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 28-255C, 36 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Patek Philippe stainless steel, max. length 185mm.
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 42mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Fitted with original presentation box, service hangtag, and Extract from the Archives confirming date of sale of the present watch on April 6th, 1981

  • Catalogue Essay

    Launched in 1976, the Nautilus was Patek Philippe's first truly water resistant luxury sports watch designed by the celebrated Gérald Genta. Reference 3700/1A was in production for less than a decade and is the most coveted reference of the Nautilus product line, affectionately known as the "Jumbo" by collectors.

    According to scholarship, the Gübelin retailer signature is one of only three examples known, a subtlety appreciated by collectors. Today's reference 5711/1A currently in production pays tribute to the reference 3700/1A, albeit with a thicker case as it is fitted with a thicker movement than the calibre 28-255 found in the original.

    The present example still retains its original cork box, and is furthermore accompanied by an Extract from the Archives.

  • 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. 3700/1
A fine and rare stainless steel wristwatch with date and bracelet, original cork box, extract and hangtag, retailed by Gübelin

1980
42mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for CHF56,250

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