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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: Circa 1985
    Reference No: 3800/5
    Movement No: 1’423’105
    Case No: 2’805’960
    Model Name: Nautilus
    Material: 18K yellow gold and diamonds
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 335SC, 29 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold and diamond-set Patek Philippe bracelet, max length 210mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 37.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

  • 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, the ref. 3800 similarly features centre 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.

    Moving further away from the idea of a sports watch, the present yellow gold Nautilus is embellished with a luxurious touch. Encircled by three brilliant rows of diamonds all around the bezel, the present ref. 3800/5 is fitted with a stunningly appropriate matching gold dial with 11 brilliant-cut diamonds gracefully decorating every hour marker. According to research, the use of black date discs was exclusively used in the early stages of production and phased out from around 1990s onwards.

  • 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. 3800/5
A fine and rare yellow gold and diamond-set wristwatch with date, center seconds and diamond-set bracelet

Circa 1985
37.5mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$300,000 - 500,000 
€33,300-55,500
$38,500-64,100

Sold for HK$529,200

Contact Specialist

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

Hong Kong Auctions 25-26 November 2021