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Patek Philippe

'Jumbo' Nautilus, Ref. 3700/1J Yellow gold wristwatch with date, tropical dial and bracelet Made in 1979 | 百達翡麗 | 3700/1J型號「'Jumbo' Nautilus」黃金鍊帶腕錶備日期顯示及棕色錶盤,1979年製

Patek Philippe

Patek Philippe

'Jumbo' Nautilus, Ref. 3700/1J Yellow gold wristwatch with date, tropical dial and bracelet Made in 1979 | 百達翡麗 | 3700/1J型號「'Jumbo' Nautilus」黃金鍊帶腕錶備日期顯示及棕色錶盤,1979年製

'Jumbo' Nautilus, Ref. 3700/1J Yellow gold wristwatch with date, tropical dial and bracelet Made in 1979 | 百達翡麗 | 3700/1J型號「'Jumbo' Nautilus」黃金鍊帶腕錶備日期顯示及棕色錶盤,1979年製

Patek Philippe


'Jumbo' Nautilus, Ref. 3700/1J

Yellow gold wristwatch with date, tropical dial and bracelet 

Made in 1979


百達翡麗

3700/1J型號「'Jumbo' Nautilus」黃金鍊帶腕錶備日期顯示及棕色錶盤,1979年製


Dial: tropical black

Calibre: cal. 28-255C automatic, 36 jewels

Movement number: 1'308'460

Case: 18k yellow gold, back secured by 4 screws

Case number: 545'008

Closure: 18k yellow gold Patek Philippe bracelet and folding clasp

Dimensions: 40 mm, bracelet circumference approx. 190 mm

Signed: case, dial and movement  

Box: no

Papers: no 

Accessories: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming date of sale on May 30, 1980 and associated travel case

MVT: is running at the time of cataloging. The date is advancing.

CASE: is in good and attractive condition. It presents some light wear consistent with its age. There some surface scratches and some dents, in particular on the bezel at 8 o'clock. The bezel is engraved '008'. The bracelet is in very good condition. It presents some light surface scratches and no warping.

DIAL: is is good and very attractive condition. It presents a nice tropical patina. There are some minute blemishes. The hands and the indexes present a consistent reaction to UV- lighting fading rapidly.


"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."

Originally unveiled in 1976 and designed by the legendary Gerald Genta, the Nautilus reference 3700 was the first sport watch in the 137-year history of the manufacture. It was voluminous and made of steel, although the prevailing trend favored very slender watches in gold. It was water resistant to 120 meters, a sensation at the time. And unlike any other wristwatch, it embodied a maritime, nautical aspect. The reference 3700 was in production until 1990.


The movement is an ultra-thin, automatic caliber 28-255 C, which remains the thinnest automatic movement with a center rotor ever produced. The integrated bracelet is one of the key features of the Nautilus, with brushed links and polished center links, this thin bracelet is one of the most comfortable sport bracelets ever made. 


Approximately less than 1,150 timepieces were produced in yellow gold for a total production of 7,300 references 3700.

The present example was manufactured in 1979 as is evident by the accompanying Extract from the Archives, confirming the date of the sale as May 30th, 1980.


It’s remarkable in several ways: the first of which is the seldom seen tropical nature of the chocolate brown ribbed dial. This is also a first-generation example demonstrating original finishing and a tight Gay Frères bracelet produced from 1976 to 1982.


Finally, the indexes and hands are manufactured from yellow gold, indicated by the lower-case Greek letter ‘sigma’ at the bottom of the dial. The ‘sigma’ signature was a visual declaration of the use of precious materials and was adopted by a number of manufactures throughout the 70’s - emphasizing the inherent value of a high-quality, mechanical watch.