Patek Philippe. A Rare Stainless Steel Automatic Wristwatch with Date, Center Seconds, Bracelet and Unusual Dial
Patek Philippe. A Rare Stainless Steel Automatic Wristwatch with Date, Center Seconds, Bracelet and Unusual Dial

SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENÈVE, REF. 3800/1A, MOVEMENT NO. 1'429'653, CASE NO. 2'893'097, MANUFACTURED IN 1992

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Patek Philippe. A Rare Stainless Steel Automatic Wristwatch with Date, Center Seconds, Bracelet and Unusual Dial
Signed Patek Philippe, Genève, Ref. 3800/1A, Movement No. 1'429'653, Case No. 2'893'097, Manufactured in 1992
Movement: Automatic, Cal. 335 SC, 29 jewels
Dial: Grey sunburst, white Arabic numerals, center seconds, date
Case: Stainless steel, Nautilus-type case of typical form secured by four screws in the band, 37mm width
Bracelet/Clasp: Patek Philippe stainless steel with deployant clasp, overall approximate length 6 inches
Accompanied by: A Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming date of sale on April 16th, 1992.

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Lot Essay

A Unique Combination: Slate-Grey Arabic

Within the reference 3800 family numerous dial options were offered, including jeweled dials, black, white and gilt dials, as well as versions with various forms of baton markers and roman numerals. However the presently offered watch features a dial with two unique variations. First it is slate-grey without the traditional ridges seen on most Nautilus watches and has an attractive gun-metal matte finish. Next it has white painted Arabic numerals that give the dial an overall Art Deco and bold appearance. Overall, the aesthetic of the watch is completely changed from a typical 3800/1A and this Nautilus comes to life as something quite unusual for the collector. Less than three examples have been seen with this configuration and the presently offered watch features confirmation from Patek Philippe this watch was born with this dial.

A 3800/1A with identical dial configuration is illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second edition, p. 233.

Another example with this dial can be seen in Patek Philippe Steel Watches by John Goldberger, page 372.

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