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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 318

    Patek Philippe. An extremely rare and attractive 18K white gold automatic wristwatch with Gay Frères bracelet and additional diamond-set dial

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENÈVE, NAUTILUS MODEL, REF. 3700/1G, MOVEMENT NO. 1’306’573, CASE NO. 540’638, MANUFACTURED IN 1978

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    Patek Philippe. An extremely rare and attractive 18K white gold automatic wristwatch with Gay Frères bracelet and additional diamond-set dial
    Signed Patek Philippe, Genève, Nautilus model, Ref. 3700/1G, movement no. 1’306’573, case no. 540’638, manufactured in 1978
    MOVEMENT: automatic, Caliber 28-255 C, stamped with the Geneva seal, 36 jewels
    DIAL: ribbed black, applied white gold luminous numerals, luminous hands, window for date
    CASE: 18K white gold two-part secured by four screws in the band, 42 mm. diam.
    SIGNED: case, dial, movement, underside of bezel numbered 638, bracelet clasp with Gay Frères punch mark
    BRACELET/CLASP: 18K white gold Nautilus bracelet by Gay Frères with deployant clasp, overall length of the bracelet approx. 175 mm
    ACCOMPANIED BY: An additional Patek Philippe black dial with diamond dot indexes, Patek Philippe service invoice dated 2007. Furthermore delivered with a Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming the production of the present watch in 1978 with black dial, white gold indexes, gold bracelet and its subsequent sale on 14 January 1980.


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    Fresh to the market, this superb white gold Nautilus “Jumbo” is one of the most collectible and elegant of the 3700/1 reference ever to be offered publically. It was serviced by the present owner in 2007 being carefully preserved ever since in enviable condition, indeed it still retains the Patek Philippe service sticker on the case back. The additional very elegant diamond-set dial included with the watch was purchased by the present owner and could be fitted as an alternative if desired.
    The white gold Nautilus, reference 3700/1 is one of the most coveted and rare of the Nautilus “Jumbo” watches. According to our research only sixty pieces in white gold were produced out of which only three other examples are known publically. As would be expected the known watches have movement and case numbers in close proximity to each other and were all manufactured in the year 1978:
    Movement no. 1’306’545 / case no. 520’626;
    Movement no. 1’306’567 / case no. 540’640;
    Movement no. 1’306’573 / case no. 540’638 – the present watch;
    Movement no. 1’306’579 / case no. 540’643 – Oman “Khanjar” dial.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    Various properties

    WHITE GOLD 3700/1