With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with black dial, applied indexes in white gold, tritium and steel bracelet in 1982 and its subsequent sale on 24 May 1982. Furthermore delivered with copy of Wempe Hannover invoice dated 16 September 2011 for the servicing of the watch as well as the servicing label.
To the best of our knowledge the present watch has never been offered in public before.
Obviously not been used since its overhaul at Patek Philippe last year, the watch is preserved in excellent overall condition, still retaining the International Customer Service label to the case back.
The legendary Nautilus collection was 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 such as this watch, 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.