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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1994
    Reference No: 3800/1
    Movement No: 1’932’381
    Case No: 2’960’036
    Model Name: Nautilus
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 330 SC, 30 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K white gold Patek Philippe bracelet, max length 180mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Patek Philippe deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 37.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by additional dial, outer packaging and fitted presentation box. Further delivered with a Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming the date of manufacture of the present timepiece in 1994 and its subsequent date of sale on 23rd June 1994.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Patek Philippe Nautilus family has flourished over the years since its initial introduction in 1976 offering collectors a wide array of materials, sizes and complications. In production from 1981 to 2001, the ref. 3800 was the mid-size variant of the coveted model with a case measuring 37.5mm diameter. With its aesthetics similar to the ref. 3700 and ref. 5711, the ref. 3800 similarly features center seconds and a date function.

    Throughout its production span, the ref. 3800 was one of the most diversified Nautilus references ever produced with examples in stainless steel, yellow gold, two-tone, white gold, platinum as well as gem-set variants across a total of four series. With such a fruitful offering, the ref. 3800 previously overshadowed by its larger ref. 3700 and ref. 5711 has recently been gaining a substantial amount of interest in the collectors community due to its friendly unisex case dimension and iconic aesthetics.

    The present example Patek Philippe ref. 3800/1 in white gold is certainly a rare example. While the majority of the production of the reference was in stainless steel, examples in white gold were produced in low quantities. Featuring its classic combination of a smoky blue ribbed dial with applied luminous white gold indexes, the present example hailing from the second series with cal. 330 SC is presented in attractive overall condition and is further delivered with a Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming the production of the present timepiece in 1994 and accompanied by an additional ivory-hued dial with diamond-set indexes.

  • 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. 3800/1
An attractive and rare white gold wristwatch with center seconds, date, bracelet, additional dial and presentation box

1994
37.5mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$310,000 - 620,000 
€33,000-65,900
$39,700-79,500

Sold for HK$693,000

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031
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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XII

Hong Kong Auctions 5-6 June 2021