Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces...

Hong Kong, Nov 25, 2023

LOT 171


HKD 880,000 - 1,300,000

USD 114,000 - 168,000 / CHF 102,000 - 150,000 / EUR 106,000 - 156,000

Sold: HKD 1,100,000

A very rare and fine, stainless steel, self winding wristwatch with matte black dial, ribbed, applied white gold hour markers, tritium and date.

Grading System
Case: 2-8

Very good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original

Brand Patek Philippe


Reference  3700/1

Year circa 1980

Movement No. 1309325

Case No. 540835

Bracelet integrated stainless steel Patek Philippe bracelet with deployant clasp, approx. overall length 180 mm.

Diameter 40mm.

Caliber 28-255C

Signature dial, case and movement

Accessories PP fitted cork box and paper box, Extract from the Archives dated 2023, instruction booklets and Nautilus booklet


Launched in 1976, the “Nautilus”, named after Captain Nemo’s submarine (created by Jules Verne in his “Vingt mille lieues sous les mers”), was an immense breakthrough from Patek Philippe’s conservative designs and proof that Haute Horlogerie and audacity can go hand in hand to create an icon that is still relevant 40 years later.

Legend has it that the idea of creating a watch in the shape of a porthole found on transatlantic liners came to designer Gérald Genta (1931-2011), a Genevan designer jeweller, whilst dining at a restaurant during the Basel fair and looking at the Patek Philippe team dining on a table opposite his. The whole design having taken no more than 5 minutes!

Patek Philippe produced two versions of the Nautilus Ref. 3700 in steel: • 3700 / 1, from 1976 to about 1981, that featured a straight bracelet and reference; • 3700 / 11, which was in production from 1981 to 1990 has a tapered steel bracelet.