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    • 1997

    • 37.5mm diameter

    • Case, dial and movement, bracelet and clasp signed

  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1997
    Reference No: 3800/1A-001
    Movement No: 3’031’596
    Case No: 4’130’070
    Model Name: Nautilus
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 330 SC, 30 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Patek Philippe bracelet, max length 175mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Patek Philippe deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 37.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Further accompanied by undated Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin stamped Martin Cranford, instruction manual and leather folio. Further delivered with Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming the date of manufacture of the present timepiece in 1997 and its subsequent date of sale on 20th January 1998.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Having gained a following after the launch of the first Nautilus ref. 3700 in 1976, Patek Philippe released to the public a smaller model of the Nautilus via the ref. 3800 in 1981. Measuring a smaller case size at 37.5mm, the ref. 3800 was referred as the “3/4” size, making it perhaps one of the best unisex Patek Philippe Nautilus reference.

    The ref. 3800 was one of the most varied Nautilus models with a wide array of case materials and dial variations during its long 25-year production span. The reference was introduced in four series throughout its production with upgraded calibers in each series.

    1st Series – 1981 until 1987, caliber 335 SC
    2nd Series – 1987 until 1992, caliber 335 SC, with quick-set date
    3rd Series – 1992 until 1997, caliber 330 134
    4th Series – 1997 until 2006, 330 194

    The present ref. 3800 from circa 1998 belongs to the last series of the reference produced confirmed by the caliber. Encased in stainless steel and fitted with a “glossy” black dial with applied luminous Roman numerals, this present variant of the ref. 3800 is perhaps one of the most unique as Roman numerals were never incorporated in the new line of Nautilus models again. Presented in attractive overall condition and accompanied by the original Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin, it is a fantastic opportunity for lovers of the Nautilus to acquire one of the most versatile models fit for both ladies and gentlemen.

  • 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. 3800/1A-001
A fine and rare stainless steel wristwatch with center seconds, date, bracelet and Certificate of Origin

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

HK$200,000 - 300,000 

Sold for HK$275,000

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