An important - the first example of the reference ever produced - and attractive oversized stainless steel wristwatch with date, power reserve, and bracelet, with certificate of origin and product literature

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1998
    Reference No: 3710/1A-001
    Movement No: 3’148’000
    Case No: 4’050’626
    Model Name: Nautilus
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 330 SC IZR, 30 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel integrated Patek Philippe Nautilus bracelet, max length 180mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Patek Philippe concealed deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 42mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and bracelet signed.
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin confirming sale at the Patek Philippe Salon in Geneva on March 2nd, 1999 with black dial and Roman numerals, service paperwork, product literature leather wallet, leather travel case, and two extra bracelet links. Further with Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1998 and its subsequent sale on March 2nd, 1999.
    Literature: This same watch, matching serial and movement numbers, is featured in John Goldberger’s Patek Philippe Steel Watches, pp. 380-381, indicating that this reference 3710/1A was the first ever produced by Patek Philippe.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Perhaps one of the most iconic wristwatch designs of the 20th century, the Nautilus has gracefully matured in terms of its desirability and evolution since it was first introduced in 1976. The first reference produced, the 3700, would only plant the seed for Patek Phillipe to develop and innovate their Nautilus design into a full-on collection. Through the 1980s and early 1990s, Patek Philippe experimented with case materials, sizes, and dial designs, but all were still simple time-only watches only additionally indicating the date. All would change with the introduction of the Nautilus reference 3710 in 1999, which featured an innovative power reserve indicator below the 12 o’clock hour marker. Although in 1996 Patek re-worked the dial to have Roman numerals instead of polished luminous indexes, the 3710 marks the first real advance into making the Nautilus a well-rounded collection like the Calatrava – and it would also re-introduce the “Jumbo” 42mm case diameter prized by collectors.

    Featuring polished white gold Roman numerals as hour markers, filled with luminous material, a matte black dial without the characteristic ribbing found on earlier models, and a delicate and somewhat abstract power reserve, the reference 3710 otherwise subscribes to the design cues of the original reference 3700.

    The present Nautilus is an exciting and exceptional example of the reference 3710 that Phillips is proud to offer at auction for the first time. With movement serial number 3’148’000, it is the first example of the reference manufactured by Patek Philippe, and is featured prominently in John Goldberger’s landmark book, Patek Philippe Steel Watches. Sold in March of 1999 through Patek Philippe’s Geneva salon, it has been preserved in excellent original condition and is furthermore accompanied with its original certificate of origin and accompanying paperwork.

  • 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. 3710/1A-001
An important - the first example of the reference ever produced - and attractive oversized stainless steel wristwatch with date, power reserve, and bracelet, with certificate of origin and product literature

1998
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 $102,500

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

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