Lot 319
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PATEK PHILIPPE | 'JUMBO' NAUTILUS, REF 3700/001STAINLESS STEEL WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BRACELETMADE IN 1976

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50,000 - 80,000 CHF
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Description

  • 'JUMBO' NAUTILUS, REF 3700/001STAINLESS STEEL WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BRACELETMADE IN 1976
Dial: black-blue Calibre: cal. 28-255C automatic, 36 jewels Movement number: 1'302'271 Case: stainless steel Nautilus Case number: 534'020 Closure: later stainless steel Patek Philippe Nautilus bracelet and folding clasp Dimensions: 40 mm (10-4 o'clock), bracelet circumference approx. 190 mm Signed: case, dial and movement Accessories: Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin, presentation case and Extract from the Archives confirming date of sale on December 22nd, 1977

Catalogue Note

The Patek Philippe Nautilus was launched in 1976 during the quartz crisis, which was hitting the Swiss watches industry hard at the time. Created by Gérald Genta, the iconic porthole-inspired design endured the crisis and is still extremely popular today. The first Nautilus reference was the 3700, such as the present lot, and produced until 1998 though steel versions were only made until 1986/1987. Boasting a large case for the time period, the nickname 'Jumbo' was adopted by collectors and stuck ever since. 

When launched, Patek Philippe advertised the model as possibly the most expensive steel watch on the market which is still accurate today since succeeding references are definitely among the most expensive steel watches produced in series, often attaining even higher prices on the secondary market.

The present lot comes in an attractive condition with a later added bracelet and is presented as a full set with a certificate and presentation case.
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