Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Monaco, Jan 19, 2023

LOT 67*


EUR 35,400 - 71,000

USD 37,900 - 76,000 / HKD 296,000 - 600,000 / CHF 35,000 - 70,000

Stainless steel and 18K yellow gold, self-winding, vertical cushion-shaped, gentleman’s wristwatch, water-resistant with case-back screwed by four screws, bezel set with diamonds, silver colour “Sigma” dial with applied radial indexes and luminescent dots, centre-seconds and one horological complication:
· Instantaneous date of the month (aperture at 3 o’clock)

Bezel set with 76 brilliant-cut diamonds (8/8; approx. 0.44 carat).

This Lot is submitted to commissions and taxes :
If the lot is delivered within the EU:
a 20% import VAT is due on the hammer price with buyer’s premium, plus 120€ for termination of temporary export, at buyer’s expense.
If the lot is delivered outside EU:
120€ for termination of temporary export is due,at buyer’s expense
Grading System
Case: 2

Very good

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original

Brand Patek Philippe, Geneva

Model “Nautilus”

Reference 3800 / 2

Year circa 1993

Movement No. 1 931 317

Case No. 556 748

Material stainless steel, 18K yellow gold and diamonds

Bracelet integrated stainless steel and 18K yellow gold PP “Nautilus” bracelet with stainless steel deployant clasp

Diameter 34.9 mm. (bezel)

Length 170 mm. (approx.)

Caliber 330 SC (330-134), lever escapement

Dimensions 39 x 37.6 mm.

Weight 110.5 gr. (approx.)

Signature dial, case and movement

Accessories original fitted box and outer box (inside in fair condition); Extract from the Archives


The Extract from the Archives, dated September 28, 2021, mentioned that this watch was made in 1993 and sold on July 12, 1994.


Patek Philippe, Ref. 3800“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 1994 represents the 3rd generation of Ref. 3800 with a “sigma dial” and equipped with 330 SC calibre, presented in bicolour version with a silver dial.