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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1983
    Reference No: 3800/1
    Movement No: 1’422’112
    Case No: 559’966
    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 190 mm.
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe clasp
    Dimensions: 37.5 mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, bracelet and movement signed.
    Accessories: Further delivered with Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1983 and its subsequent sale on March 5, 1984 and that the watch is fitted with a black dial with 11 diamonds as hour markers.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Made in 1983, the present iteration of the reference 3800 contains the signature of Beyer, a notable Zurich-based retailer. Beyer has been selling and repairing watches for more than 250 years. The neighboring Patek Philippe boutique is also managed by Beyer. The Beyer designation is placed above the 6 o’clock, signifying the remarkable provenance and rarity of the watch.

    Extremely stunning and irresistibly eye-catching, this particular example is housed in a beautifully crafted yellow gold case. The diamond-set indexes further bestow an unmissable aura of grandeur and sophistication upon the timepiece. Preserved in overall excellent condition, the present watch is a must-have item for any savvy collectors. To our best knowledge, it is the very first time we see a yellow gold set 3800-1J with Beyer’s dial.

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

1983
37.5 mm. Diameter
Case, dial, bracelet and movement signed.

Estimate
HK$310,000 - 470,000 
€34,200-51,900
$39,700-60,300

Sold for HK$400,000

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
[email protected]

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
[email protected]

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SEVEN

Hong Kong Auction 27 November 2018