Patek Philippe - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: X Hong Kong Friday, July 10, 2020 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1983
    Reference No: 3800/3
    Movement No: 1’422’996
    Case No: 2’804’415
    Model Name: Nautilus
    Material: 18K yellow gold and diamonds
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 335 SC, 29 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe bracelet, max length 195mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Patek Philippe deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 37.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Further delivered with Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming its subsequent date of manufacture in 1983 and its date of sale on 30th January 1984.

  • 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 lengthy production spanning 25 years.

    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 example belongs to the 1st series confirmed by its Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming its date of manufacture in 1983 and fitted with cal. 335 SC. Encased in a yellow gold case with diamond-set bezel and indexes, the rarity is further exemplified by its double signed dial retailed by Beyer. Furthermore, to enhance the originality of the present specimen, a hand engraved serial number from the retailer is present behind the top left lug. Presented in attractive overall condition, the present iconic double signed timepiece is recently highly sought after due to its unique case dimension that is no longer available in the Patek Philippe catalogues today. The reference was succeeded by the ref. 5800 in 2006 and only remained in production for one year before it was discontinued.

  • 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 very fine and rare yellow gold and diamond-set wristwatch with center seconds, date, diamond-set indexes and bracelet, retailed by Beyer

37.5mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

HK$280,000 - 400,000 

Sold for HK$525,000

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Hong Kong Auction 10 July 2020