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Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K gold and stainless steel automatic wristwatch with date, bracelet, Original Certificate, sales tag and box
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Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K gold and stainless steel automatic wristwatch with date, bracelet, Original Certificate, sales tag and box

SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENÈVE, REF. 3700/11 AJ, MOVEMENT NO. 1’310’010, CASE NO. 2’808’845, CIRCA 1983

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Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K gold and stainless steel automatic wristwatch with date, bracelet, Original Certificate, sales tag and box
Signed Patek Philippe, Genève, ref. 3700/11 AJ, movement no. 1’310’010, case no. 2’808’845, circa 1983
Movement: cal. 28’255 C. stamped with the Geneva seal, 36 jewels, signed
Dial: signed
Case: two-part secured by four screws in the band, 42 mm. wide, signed, underside of bezel numbered 845
With: 18K gold and stainless steel Patek Philippe Nautilus bracelet with deployant clasp, overall length of approx. 185 mm., Certificate of Origin stamped Geneva and dated 26 May 1983, period wallet, sales tag and original fitted presentation box. Furthermore delivered with the Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1982 and its subsequent sale on 26 May 1983. The Extract also states that the original case was replaced by this case during a servicing in their workshops in 1986.
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The present Nautilus is a superb representative of the exceedingly rare ref. 3700/11 AJ, launched in 1980 and produced in a very small series only.

According to research, less than 300 examples of the model were made, making it much rarer than its stainless steel counterpart. To date, less than 20 Nautilus ref. 3700/11AJ have appeared in public.

The 3700/11 AJ offered here for sale by a private collector has never appeared in public before and is sold with the Certificate of Origin, sales tag and original fitted presentation box. It is preserved in excellent overall condition, further enhancing its overall appeal and rendering it a highlight for the collector of rare timepieces.

The water-resistant Nautilus ref. 3700
The case patent design of the first Nautilus, reference 3700/1, was registered on 23 April 1976. It comprises two parts, the main body and the bezel, at each side is an “ear” which couples with a corresponding flange, the two parts are secured by lateral screws. A rubber seal sits between the bezel and case body and is thus compressed when subject to water pressure forming a perfect watertight seal. From 1976 until 1980, the cases were made for Patek Philippe by Favre-Perret SA, Le Crêt du Locle.

In 1980, Patek Philippe launched the manufacture of cases and bracelets in their Ateliers Réunis workshops and the Nautilus changed its reference number to the new ref. 3700-11.

The new stainless steel used is called "Chrome-Nickel-Moybdenum steel" and the deployant clasp of the bracelet has been reduced to 16 mm., from 18 mm. of the previous reference.

For illustrations and descriptions of the Nautilus see Patek Philippe Museum - Patek Philippe Wristwatches, Volume II; Patek Philippe Steel Watches by John Goldberger and A Study of the Patek Philippe Ref. 3700 “Nautilus” by mstanga.


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