Patek Philippe Nautilus 3700/001 'Type 1 dot dial'

Museum Piece

Seventees ‘Jumbo’ Nautilus with early ‘Type 1 dot dial’ .

Patek Philippe was instrumental in creating the luxury steel sports watch craze with the release of the iconic Nautilus in 1976. At the time, the Nautilus retailed for a whopping $3,100, a price similar to Patek’s luxurious gold watches, causing an uproar among industry old-timers.

The 3700 is the original Nautilus, with this specimen dating back to the late 70's. The iconic octagonal case, designed by Gerald Genta, is executed in stainless steel and measures 42 mm (from the 10 to 4 o‘clock position). Attached to the case, we find the well-known integrated stainless steel Nautilus bracelet with sturdy folding clasp. The watch sports a beautiful darkblue dial with anthracite hue and a horizontally embossed pattern and applied baton markers with tritium lume. This is the earliest dial configuration featuring the dot markers for the minute track, also referred to as "type 1 Dot dial;" by Nautilus scholar Mstanga.

The ref. 3700 is powered by the ultra-thin caliber 28-255SC automatic movement with a solid gold rotor, which ensures the watch maintains a slim profile. The watch is in excellent condition, with a sharp case and tight bracelet. Furthermore, it comes with the original box and papers.