Exclusive Timepieces 31 October 2020 | Monaco LOT 115

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Patek Philippe Very Rare and Elegant Nautilus “jumbo” Automatic Wristwatch in Steel, Reference 3700/1, With Additional Links

Estimate € 60,000 –⁠ 120,000

Sold € 91,000
Lot Description

Model: Nautilus "Jumbo"
Reference: 3700/11
Case Material: Stainless steel
Bracelet Material: Stainless steel
Year: 1980
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 28-255C
Case N°: 539143
Movement N°: 1307511
Dimensions: 42 mm
Signed: Case, dial, movement
Accessories: Links, Extract from the Archives

Among all Patek’s masterpieces, in the last years there is one which has gained a really special place in people’s heart thanks to its unique design: the Nautilus. First saw light in 1976 and it has being advertised as a watch that worked equally well with a wet suit as with a dinner suit. Coming from yet another great idea by Gerald Genta it has been realized in many different materials and with many complications, all having in common the shape of the case looks like a porthole with protruding “ears” on each side of the case and with an eight-sided, curved bezel. The present Nautilus is a superb representative of the exceedingly rare reference 3700/1, launched in 1976. Its stainless steel case features a beautiful bezel ad the bracelet as well is preserved perfectly which has developed a nice patina, giving the watch a lot of character. The dark blue sigma dial is pure features dotted minute tracks of the first transitional example from its earlier examples featuring baton minute tracks. Preserved in excellent overall condition, this further enhances its overall appeal and rendering it a highlight for the collector of rare timepieces. With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1980 and its subsequent sale on 29th March 1982.