Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces.

Geneva, Mar 21, 2020

LOT 287

PATEK PHILIPPE, REF. 3700/1, JUMBO NAUTILUS, "SIGMA DIAL", STEEL

Very fine and rare stainless steel, large, cushion-shaped, self-winding, wristwatch "Sigma" blue dial, date at 3.

Brand Patek Philippe

Model Nautilus

Reference Ref. 3700/1

Year Sold on Febuary 7th 1977

Bracelet Stainless steel Patek Philippe "Nautilus" bracelet with deployant clasp

Numbers 534116

Caliber 28-255C, no. 1304187

Dimensions 42 x 44 mm.

Signature Case, Dial and Movement

Accessories Extract from the Archives

CHF 70,000 - 90,000

USD 72,000 - 92,500 / HKD 560,000 - 720,000

Sold: CHF 87,500


Grading System
Grade: AAA

Excellent

Case: 3-8

Good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original


Notes

Born in 1976, the Nautilus is the second watch designed by Gerald Genta, after the Royal Oak in 1972. The name of the model comes from the sea, the Nautile is a deep- sea mollusc. It is also the name of Jules Verne's "Vingt milles lieues sous les mers" submarine: the-shaped of the case recalls the maritime porthole. 
The first reference is 3700/1 manufactured from 1976 to 1981, followed by 3700/11, produced from 1981 to 1990. The first version is the most sought-after by collectors. 
The proposed one is from 1977, sold on February 7th 1978. The so-called "television" case disrupted the codes of the time, which were as avant-garde as ever. The nickname "Jumbo" refers to the 42 mm.case, which was certainly oversized for the time. 
A magnificent timepiece that is totally successful and original, which has been able to survive the years with great success, although it was not well received at the beginning.