• Lot 94

    Patek Philippe. A rare stainless steel automatic wristwatch with date, bracelet, original certificate and cork box

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, NAUTILUS MODEL, REF. 3700/1, MOVEMENT NO. 1'306'721, CASE NO. 538'422, CIRCA 1979

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    Patek Philippe. A rare stainless steel automatic wristwatch with date, bracelet, original certificate and cork box
    Signed Patek Philippe, Geneve, Nautilus model, ref. 3700/1, movement no. 1'306'721, case no. 538'422, circa 1979
    Cal. 28-255 C nickel-finished lever movement stamped with the Geneva seal, 36 jewels, Gyromax balance, free sprung regulator, 18K gold rim to the rotor, black ribbed dial, applied luminous baton numerals, luminous hands, window for date, water-resistant-type case of typical form, stainless steel Patek Philippe bracelet and deployant clasp signed Nautilus, Patek Philippe, case, dial and movement signed
    42 mm. wide


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    With Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin confirming production of the present watch with black dial and luminous numerals. Furthermore delivered with original fitted cork and steel box with metal plaque inscribed Nautilus, Patek Philippe, Genève.

    The present watch has never been offered in public before. Preserved in very good overall condition, its rarity is enhanced by the original certificate and the "Nautilus" cork box.

    The legendary Nautilus collection was introduced in 1976 when Patek Philippe was looking for a strong design of inimitable personality. An inspiration for such a timepiece soon emerged: The universal shape of a porthole found on virtually all maritime vessels. Since then, the Nautilus has established itself as a classic elegant sports watch and the original reference, 3700/1 such as this watch, is one of the most sought-after timepieces at auction.

    Ref. 3700/1 is described and illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second edition, p. 231.