A fine and rare stainless steel wristwatch with date, moon phase, power reserve and bracelet, with certificate of origin, paperwork, and box

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 2005
    Reference No: 3712/1A-001
    Movement No: 3'170'479
    Case No: 4'330'059
    Model Name: Nautilus
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 240, 29 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Patek Philippe Nautilus integrated bracelet
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Patek Philippe hidden clasp
    Dimensions: 42mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and bracelet signed.
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin, product literature, and presentation box. Further accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present lot in 2005 and its subsequent sale on August 30th, 2005.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Patek Philippe introduced reference 3712/1A in 2005, and it remained in production for approximately one year – some estimate as few as eight months. Its successor, the much-coveted reference 5712/1, was launched in October of 2006 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Nautilus, alongside the references 5712R (the first Nautilus to be offered on a leather bracelet), 5800/1, 5980/1, and the highly successful 5711/1.

    Originally designed by world renowned Gerald Genta, the first of the Nautilus family was presented in 1976. Reference 3712/1A was at the time of its launch, the most complicated version of the Nautilus made by Patek Philippe, which had previously only indicated the date. The letters following the official name of the self-winding caliber 240 – PS IRM C LU – stand for "petite second" (small seconds), "indication de réserve de marche" (power reserve), "calandrier" (date), and "lune" (moon), all of which are present on the 3712 in an idiosyncratic but somehow harmonious arrangement.

    At first glance, the 3712 appears quite similar to its successor, the 5712, but there are many noteworthy differences when the watches' details are examined. Most notably, the 3712 has a slightly smaller case measuring 42 mm in diameter as it is constructed using only two pieces compared with the more rounded, three piece, 43mm case of the 5712. The dial of the reference 3712 features wider grooves, or channels, and different hour markers than its successor. A particularly subtle but well-studied detail is the presence of just three red dots on the power reserve indicator, versus four dots on the 5712, to indicate a low remaining power reserve.

    With its extremely short production period, the reference 3712 is amongst the rarest of all variants of the Nautilus, making it extremely sought after. The present example appears to have never been worn, and is offered in pristine, close to new condition complete with all of its original accessories, certificate, and hang tag – making it a superb example for the connoisseur.

  • Maker Bio

    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. 3712/1A-001
A fine and rare stainless steel wristwatch with date, moon phase, power reserve and bracelet, with certificate of origin, paperwork, and box

2005
42mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, and bracelet signed.

Estimate
$40,000 - 80,000 
CHF39,900-79,700
€34,700-69,500
HK$314,000-627,000

sold for $112,500

Contact Specialist
Paul Boutros
Head of Watches, Americas
+1 212 940 1293
pboutros@phillips.com

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