Exclusive Timepieces & Jewels 17 July 2019 | Monaco LOT 25
Patek Philippe A very rare and elegant Patek Philippe Nautilus reference 3700/11 in 18K gold and stainless steel automatic wristwatch
Estimate € 40,000 – 80,000
Material: stainless steel and yellow gold
Reference N°: 3700/1
Bracelet: stainless steel and yellow gold
Signed: Dial, Case and movement
Patek Philippe has always been a watch brand for lucky few as they are the creator of the most exclusive timepieces in the world. Among these incredible 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. Be it for a woman or a man, with complications or time only, this model is now one of the most appreciated of all the history of horology. The Nautilus, named after a Submariner, 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 ref. 3700/11 AJ, launched in 1980 and produced in a very small series of less than 300 examples according to researches. Its stainless steel case features a beautiful yellow-gold bezel ad the bracelet as well is a mix of steel and yellow gold preserved perfectly which has developed a nice patina, giving the watch a lot of character. The dark blu sigma dial is pure and the yellow-gold indexes show up excellently. Preserved in excellent overall condition, this further enhances its overall appeal and rendering it a highlight for the collector of rare timepieces.