Exclusive Timepieces 22 –⁠ 23 April 2023 | Monaco

Auction Details

The Monaco Legend Group team has put together an astonishing selection of rarities in the horological field. From the Unique Piece Rolex Yachtmaster, former property of the late President of Rolex Patrick Heiniger, to an outstanding example of the Patek Philippe 2523-1. Not to mention the great selection of rarities destined for Middle Eastern market, such as a Rolex Submariner and Daytona from the Sultanate of Oman and a steel Daytona with UAE emblem on the dial.
Many thanks to Auro Montanari, alias John Goldberger, Roberto Randazzo and George Pakkos for their significant help in supervising the catalogue and to Eric Tortella for his assistance in searching for some of our rarest Patek Philippe watches in his database and releasing his passport of authenticity for them.


Session I: Saturday 22 April, 2:30 PM – lots 1 to 100
Session II: Sunday 23 April, 10:30 AM – lots 101 to 164
Session III: Sunday 23 April, 2:30 PM – lots 165 to 261

183 Patek Philippe Iconic and Elegant, Nautilus “Jumbo”, Automatic Wristwatch in Steel, With Extract from the Archives, Reference 3700/1

Estimate: € 80,000 –⁠ 160,000

Sold € 97,500

Model: Nautilus
Reference: 3700/1
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Bracelet Material: Stainless Steel
Year: 1977
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 28-255C
Case N°: 536951
Movement N°: 1306161
Dimensions: 42 m
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement
Accessories: 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, the bracelet as well is preserved perfectly which has developed a nice patina, giving the watch a lot of character. The anthracite ribbed sigma dial is pure, featuring dotted minute track and baton hours indexes preserved in excellent general condition, this further enhances its overall appeal and make it a highlight for the collector of rare timepieces. With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1977 and its subsequent sale on 19 February 1979.