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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

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Patek Philippe. A fine and rare stainless steel automatic calendar bracelet watch
Nautilus 'Jumbo', Ref: 3700/001, Sold 1st July 1979
11 December 2019, 14:00 GMT
London, New Bond Street

Sold for £68,812.50 inc. premium

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Patek Philippe. A fine and rare stainless steel automatic calendar bracelet watch

Model: Nautilus 'Jumbo'
Reference: 3700/001
Date: Sold 1st July 1979
Movement: 36-jewel Cal.28/255 automatic, No.1305718
Dial: Slate grey ridged, applied luminous filled polished baton hour markers, white outer minute divisions, date aperture at 3, polished baton hands with luminous inserts
Case: Brushed and polished 3-part case, No.536551
Strap/Bracelet: Fitted brushed and polished link
Buckle/Clasp: Signed folding clasp
Signed: Case, dial & movement
Size: 42mm
Accompaniments: Certificate of Origin, Patek Philippe service pouch

Footnotes

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.

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