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    Sale 1353

    Important Pocketwatches and Wristwatches

    12 May 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 279

    Patek Philippe. A very fine, rare and impressive 18K white gold, diamond and sapphire-set self-winding water-resistant wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date and bracelet

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, NAUTILUS MODEL, REF. 3800/108, MOVEMENT NO. 1'428'921, CASE NO. 2'885'650, MANUFACTURED IN 1991

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    Patek Philippe. A very fine, rare and impressive 18K white gold, diamond and sapphire-set self-winding water-resistant wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date and bracelet
    Signed Patek Philippe, Geneve, Nautilus model, ref. 3800/108, movement no. 1'428'921, case no. 2'885'650, manufactured in 1991
    Cal. 335 SC nickel-finished lever movement, 29 jewels, Gyromax balance, free sprung regulator, 18K gold rim to the rotor, the pavé-set diamond dial with rectangular-cut sapphires to 6, 9 and 12 o'clock, luminous white gold dauphine hands, sweep centre seconds, window for date, the water-resistant-type case of typical form, pavé-set diamond bezel, 18K white gold and pavé-set Patek Philippe bracelet and 18K white gold deployant clasp signed Nautilus, Patek Philippe, case, dial and movement signed
    38 mm. wide


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    Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with paved diamond dial and 3/4 sapphire indexes, total of 1220 diamonds 8/8 of approx. 7.07 ct, in 1991 and its subsequent sale on 7 June 1991.

    This watch is believed to be the first and so far only example of reference 3800/108 to appear in public to date. Fresh to the market it is furthermore in virtually unworn condition. A collector's mind could hardly imagine a more lavish "sports watch" than the present, fully pavé-set Nautilus.

    Reference 3800, the standard Nautilus model without diamonds, was in production from 1981 until 2006 and was available in different versions as to case material and dial layout. The highly jewelled examples however were made in very limited quantities or as unique pieces to special order, most probably such as the present watch.