View full screen - View 1 of Lot 1. The original prototype design of the Patek Philippe Nautilus with two suggested case profiles, painted by Gérald Genta, with accompanying NFT, Circa 1976 | 傑洛.尊達 一幅摺疊式百達翡麗 Nautilus 系列原型設計圖,備兩款錶側及錶冠選項,由傑洛.尊達繪製並附帶 NFT 証書,約1976年製.
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Gérald Genta

The original prototype design of the Patek Philippe Nautilus with two suggested case profiles, painted by Gérald Genta, with accompanying NFT, Circa 1976 | 傑洛.尊達 一幅摺疊式百達翡麗 Nautilus 系列原型設計圖,備兩款錶側及錶冠選項,由傑洛.尊達繪製並附帶 NFT 証書,約1976年製

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Gérald Genta

Gérald Genta

The original prototype design of the Patek Philippe Nautilus with two suggested case profiles, painted by Gérald Genta, with accompanying NFT, Circa 1976 | 傑洛.尊達 一幅摺疊式百達翡麗 Nautilus 系列原型設計圖,備兩款錶側及錶冠選項,由傑洛.尊達繪製並附帶 NFT 証書,約1976年製

The original prototype design of the Patek Philippe Nautilus with two suggested case profiles, painted by Gérald Genta, with accompanying NFT, Circa 1976 | 傑洛.尊達 一幅摺疊式百達翡麗 Nautilus 系列原型設計圖,備兩款錶側及錶冠選項,由傑洛.尊達繪製並附帶 NFT 証書,約1976年製

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Gérald Genta

The original prototype design of the Patek Philippe Nautilus with two suggested case profiles, painted by Gérald Genta, with accompanying NFT, Circa 1976

傑洛.尊達

一幅摺疊式百達翡麗 Nautilus 系列原型設計圖,備兩款錶側及錶冠選項,由傑洛.尊達繪製並附帶 NFT 証書,約1976年製


Medium: Watercolour on paper (two sheets)

Dimensions: Main sheet 208 x 147 mm, second sheet 208 x 66mm

Circa date: 1976

Signed: Yes

Numbered: n/a


Brand: Patek Philippe

Model: Nautilus

Complication: Date

Remark: Prototype design

Accompanied by: Design in the form of a NFT, digital certificate in the form of a NFT and authentication certificate

In incredibly well preserved condition, some very light abrasions towards the edges. Overall in exceptional condition. Prospective bidders should review the Conditions of Business, Authenticity Guarantee, the Guide for Prospective Buyers, and any Important Notice in the sale catalogue.


"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."


**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping."

The firm Patek Philippe introduced the Nautilus in 1976 and in doing so created one of the most iconic and classic wristwatches of the late 20th century. It was a new era of luxury and glamour.


Gérald Genta’s design inspired by the portholes of transatlantic ocean liners changed the sports watch forever. Known by the market simply as The ‘Jumbo’ the first Nautilus, reference 3700 made from stainless steel, had a case with a wide flat bezel, integrated link bracelet, and ultra-thin automatic movement. The watch had a tremendously masculine aesthetic compared to other, smaller dressy gold mechanical watches of the time.


The Nautilus was Patek Philippe’s first endeavour into luxury sports watch models and today represents the brands fastest selling and most popular model across an entire selection of sports, complicated and grand complication wristwatches with prices for current production pieces sometimes 10 times that of their suggested retail. A frenzy would occur if a Nautilus appeared in a retailers shop window. There exist waitlist decades long for every model in every retailer all over the world.

 

The Nautilus is arguably the most collectable and popular watch made by any manufacture anywhere in the world it is coveted by celebrities, personalities, influencers, top watch collectors and one just looking for a very hot watch.

 

Sotheby’s is thrilled and privileged to offer the blue print for the Nautilus. The protype, the first Nautilus ever conceived and the one hand painted and designed by Gérald Genta, The legend and greatest watch designer in the history of horology. Circa 1976 and presented to Patek Philippe.

 

The design, rendered on blue paper and hand painted by Gérald Genta offers two side profile options for the case design, an option extremely rare in Gérald Genta’s design.