The following two lots, 75 and 76, are from the legendary Nautilus collection 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, 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.
The Property of the Original Owner
SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, NAUTILUS MODEL, REF. 3700/1, MOVEMENT NO. 1'306'749, CASE NO. 538'648, MANUFACTURED IN 1978
Patek Philippe. A rare stainless steel automatic wristwatch with date, bracelet, original certificate and box
Signed Patek Philippe, Geneve, Nautilus model, ref. 3700/1, movement no. 1'306'749, case no. 538'648, manufactured in 1978
Cal. 28-255 C nickel-finished lever movement stamped with the Geneva seal, 36 jewels, Gyromax balance, free sprung regulator, 18K gold rim to the rotor, black ribbed dial, applied luminous baton numerals, luminous hands, window for date, water-resistant-type case of typical form, stainless steel Patek Philippe bracelet and deployant clasp signed Nautilus, Patek Philippe, case, dial and movement signed
42 mm. diam.