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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 2006
    Reference No: 3712/1A
    Model Name: Nautilus
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 240PS IRM C LU, 29 jewels, stamped with the Geneva Seal
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Patek Philippe bracelet
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Patek Philippe double deployant clasp
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin, product literature, leather document holder, numbered envelope, presentation box and outer packaging
    Provenance: Property of an important private collector

  • Provenance

    Property of an important private collector

  • 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. 3712/1A
Patek Philippe introduced reference 3712/1A in 2005, and it remained in production for approximately one year, although some estimate as few as eight months, before being succeeded by the ref. 5712 in 2006. The model was at the time of its launch the first truly complicated Nautilus - the date and moonphases being notable upgrades from the power reserve complication of the earlier ref. 3710. Unlike the 5712, the present reference has a slightly smaller case measuring 42 mm in diameter, being constructed using only two pieces compared to the more rounded, three piece, 42.5mm case of its counterpart. In addition, the dial of the reference 3712 features wider grooves, or channels, and different hour markers than its successor. The most apparent difference is however that the date ring is smaller in reference 3712, allowing for the presence of a tiny 7 o’clock marker, absent in ref. 5712. The present example, is further enhanced by its "4 dot" power reserve configuration marking it out as later in production and, if possible for a reference of such small production, even rarer than the earlier versions. The present watch comes ccompanied by International Guarantee, presentation and outer box and leather folio.