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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1983
    Reference No: 4700/001
    Movement No: 1’526’962
    Case No: 557’189
    Model Name: Nautilus
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Quartz cal. E19C, 7 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Patek Philippe bracelet, max length 165mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Patek Philippe deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 26mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin, Patek Philippe Japan Service guarantee, service slip, product literature, black folder, cloth, 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 1983 and its subsequent date of sale on 23rd June 1986.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Released in 1981 during the heights of the quartz crisis, the Patek Philippe Nautilus ref. 4700 is the smallest of the model ever produced by the firm with a case measuring 26mm diameter. The early 1980s was a crucial moment for the watch industry as manufacturers had to choose between fully integrating into catering towards the fashion and trends of the 20th century, or to stick to their traditional roots in classic Swiss watchmaking. Patek Philippe made an important statement by firmly stating that they are traditional watchmakers from the 19th century though they do embrace the new quartz technology but would not let it override their heritage. By doing so, Patek Philippe retained their production to be driven by mechanical timepieces as well as introducing quartz models at the same time and the ref. 4700 was among one of the models that bore a quartz cal. E19C.

    In production for over 23 years until it was discontinued in 2004, the Patek Philippe lady’s Nautilus ref. 4700 was offered with many different variations. The present example in stainless steel with an ashen gray ribbed dial is truly a classic. Offered in excellent overall condition with extremely minimal signs of use and wear plus complete with its full set of accessories, this is truly the perfect everyday timepiece for the discerned lady collector today.

  • 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. 4700/001
A lady’s fine and attractive stainless steel wristwatch with date, bracelet, Certificate of Origin and presentation box

26mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

HK$78,000 - 120,000 

Sold for HK$176,400

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XII

Hong Kong Auctions 5-6 June 2021