Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Monaco, Jul 19, 2022

LOT 241


EUR 200,000 - 400,000

USD 212,000 - 422,000 / HKD 1,660,000 - 3,310,000 / CHF 202,000 - 404,000

Sold: EUR 260,000

Extremely rare platinum cushion shape self-winding wristwatch with blue dial, date and center second with original platinum bracelet, original certificate and box

Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 2-8

Very good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-7-10




Brand Patek Philippe, Geneva

Model Nautilus

Reference 3800/001

Year 1996

Movement No. 3024840

Case No. 2971260

Material platinum

Bracelet Patek Philippe platinum bracelet with platinum deployant claps

Diameter 37 mm.

Caliber 330/194

Weight 178,48 gr.

Signature Case, dial and movement

Accessories Original certificate, service paper from 2010, 2 additional links and oringinal box


Patek Philippe, “Nautilus”

Launched in 1976, during the quartz crisis, the “Nautilus” was designed by Gérald Genta (1931-2011). The shape of its case, very avant-garde for the time, reminds a porthole. It was named after Captain Nemo’s fictitious submarine, in Jules Verne’s famous book “Twenty Miles Under the Sea”.

Produced from 1981 to 2006, the Nautilus Ref. 3800 is considered as the “little sister” of the Ref. 3700, the very first “Nautilus” having been designed five years earlier. The Ref. 3700 has a 42 mm. cushion-shaped case, known as the “Jumbo” size. The Ref. 3800 measures only 37 mm. in diameter but retains exactly the same spirit as its ancestor: an extra-flat cushion-shaped case, a bluish grey dial with horizontal stripes and the date at 3 o’clock. The only difference, except the size of the case, is a centre-seconds hand, which is not included in Ref. 3700.

The “Nautilus” being considered as the sport-chic wristwatch by Patek Philippe, it was predominantly created in steel with a few exceptions, in gold, or in steel and gold. However, versions in platinum, like this lot are extremely rare.

Early models feature Calibre 335 SC without the quick-set date feature through the crown. The quick-date only arrives in 1987, while keeping the Calibre 335 SC. In 1992, a third generation was introduced featuring Calibre 330-134, and finally Calibre 330-194 was employed for the watches made from 1997 to 2006, year of discontinuation.

The dial is a “sigma dial”, meaning the index-markers and hands are manufactured from white gold. From 1971 until 1995, all watches made in Switzerland with gold applied indexes or gold dial plates were required to have the “APRIOR” (Association pour la Promotion Industrielle de l’Or) logo marked on the dial. Hence, on the dial on each side of the “SWISS”, there is the Greek letter “sigma”.

Therefore, this model from 1996 represents the transition to the 4th generation of Ref. 3800 with a “sigma dial” and equipped with 330-194 calibre.