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Fine Wristwatches / Patek Philippe. A fine and rare stainless steel automatic calendar bracelet watch Nautilus 'Jumbo', Ref 3700/001, Sold 1st July 1979
Sold for £68,812.50 inc. premium
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The Nautilus, originally designed by Gerald Genta in 1976, is thought to owe its unique shape and construction to the transatlantic liners' porthole designs; inspired by the secure windows at sea that were sealed hermetically by a clever system of tension bolts against the glass.
The case design echoes this principle through the two extensions at the sides of the case which are secured by lateral screws, keeping the rubber seal compressed between the bezel and case body.
As the Nautilus was originally manufactured in steel, it was also Patek's first foray into the world of luxury sports watches. An estimated 3,300 examples of the 3700/001A were produced.
The inside of the case back of this well preserved bracelet watch displays its serial number '536551' and the underside of the case side is correctly stamped with the last three digits of the serial number '551'.
This watch has never been offered at auction before.