• IMPORTANT WATCHES Including A  auction at Christies

    Sale 1369

    IMPORTANT WATCHES Including A CONNOISSEUR'S VISION

    16 November 2009, Geneva

  • Lot 75

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

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, NAUTILUS MODEL, REF. 3700/1, MOVEMENT NO. 1'306'749, CASE NO. 538'648, MANUFACTURED IN 1978

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    Patek Philippe. A rare stainless steel automatic wristwatch with date, bracelet, original certificate and box
    Signed Patek Philippe, Geneve, Nautilus model, ref. 3700/1, movement no. 1'306'749, case no. 538'648, manufactured in 1978
    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. diam.


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    With Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin dated 8 June 1979 and a Patek Philippe servicing invoice dated 14 May 2009. Furthermore delivered with Patek Philippe contemporary black presentation box and Extract from the Archives confirming production of the watch with black dial and applied luminous steel indexes in 1978 and its subsequent sale on 21 May 1979.

    Purchased by the present owner at Patek Philippe in June 1979 and obviously not been worn since its overhaul by Patek Philippe in 2009, the watch is preserved in excellent original overall condition. It has furthermore never been offered in public before.

    Pre-Lot Text

    The following two lots, 75 and 76, are from the legendary Nautilus collection 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, 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.

    The Property of the Original Owner