Patek Philippe - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: X Hong Kong Friday, July 10, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1982
    Reference No: 3700/11
    Movement No: 1’310’146
    Case No: 559’163
    Model Name: Nautilus
    Material: 18K yellow gold and stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 28-255 C, 36 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Two tone 18K yellow gold and stainless steel Patek Philippe bracelet, max length 180mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Patek Philippe deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 42mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Further accompanied by Patek Philippe outer packaging and fitted presentation box. Further delivered with Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming its date of manufacture in 1982 and its subsequent date of sale on 28th October 1982.

  • Catalogue Essay

    With a production of the reference spanning 22 years, early examples of the reference featured cases made by La Chaux-de-Fonds based master casemaker Favre-Perret and was available in stainless steel, two tone yellow gold and stainless steel, yellow gold, white gold and very few examples in platinum. In 1980, Patek Philippe started to manufacture their own cases and bracelets and those examples were referenced 3700/11. With its aesthetics kept very similar to its early examples, the later examples were fitted with a narrower bracelet measuring 14mm at the end in comparison to its previous measuring 16mm. The dials were handmade by Stern Frères with engraved stripes to achieve its desired ribbed appeal. The smoky bluish grey hue is achieved by applying a “petrol blue” base, followed by spraying a matte black layer and finished off with “Zapon” vernis finish.

    The present example ref. 3700/11 is one of the rarest iterations of the reference. Encased in a two tone 18K yellow gold and stainless steel case, it is estimated that only 200 examples were ever manufactured by the firm with stainless steel examples estimated at 1200 examples. The present example is presented in attractive overall condition and is presented with a Patek Philippe presentation box and an Extract from the Archives issued by Patek Philippe confirming its date of manufacture in 1982, stainless steel and 18K yellow gold case with bracelet in stainless steel and 18K yellow gold.

  • 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. 3700/11
A very fine and rare two tone yellow gold and stainless steel wristwatch with date and bracelet

42mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

HK$430,000 - 600,000 

Sold for HK$537,500

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Thomas Perazzi

Head of Watches, Asia
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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: X

Hong Kong Auction 10 July 2020