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

258 Patek Philippe Very Rare and Very Well Preserved, Nautilus “Jumbo”, Automatic Wristwatch in Yellow Gold, Champagne Dial, Date, With Certificate of Origin and Box, Reference 3700/011

Estimate: € 200,000 –⁠ 400,000

Sold € 416,000

Model: Nautilus
Reference: 3700/011
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Yellow Gold
Year: 1985
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 28-255C
Case N°: 2818768
Movement N°: 1309821
Dimensions: 42 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement
Accessories: Certificate of Origin and Box

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. It 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 3700/011, made in 1985. Whereas reference 3700/001 was in production until 1981 and featured a straight bracelet, its successor the reference 3700/011 with tapered bracelet, remained in production until 1990. Its yellow-gold case features a beautiful bezel and bracelet as well are preserved perfectly. The champagne sigma dial is pure a very rare to find as usually was produced with the dark blue dial, it also features yellow-gold baton minute indexes. Accompanied by the original Certificate of originality with written the date of its sale in 1985, over its entire production span in gold, it is believed that around 1 500 pieces were made and this example stands out by its overall state of preservation that further enhances its appeal to make it a highlight for the collector of rare timepieces.