First designed in 1976 by the master, Gerald Genta, the Nautilus was inspired by that of a ships porthole. Introduced as a reference 3700, the Nautilus has stayed true to its original design but there have been various upgrades over the last 40 years. Coveted all over the world, the Nautilus is arguably the hottest watch on the market today. Extremely hard to buy retail, prices have soared close to three times the standard retail price for the entry level reference 5711 and market hysteria has pushed the vintage pieces to prices never seen before. The following lots, are just but a few examples of the Nautilus consigned by highly important collectors to illustrate how a design, conceived in minutes, still captivates the market today.
In production from 1981 until 2006, reference 3800 is the mid-size version of the original Nautilus reference 3700. It differs from the original reference, the present reference 3800 features a centre sweep second hand. Complete with original certificate and presentation box, the present watch is preserved in good overall condition.