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Patek Philippe Nautilus 3800/001
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While everyone is looking for that elusive steel 5711, we’ve got a way nicer Nautilus for you. And it’ll cost you about half of what you’d pay for the 5711.The ref. 3800 Nautilus is the little brother of the original ref. 3700 Nautilus. The 3800 was introduced in 1981 as the mid-size version of the Jumbo Nautilus. Coming in at 37.5 mm it actually wears much nicer than its 42 mm-measuring sibling. The 3800 wasn’t merely a Nautilus repackaged in a smaller case, it introduced some important improvements. It was the first Nautilus with an in-house automatic movement: the caliber 335 SC. The letters “SC” stand for seconde centrale and indicate that, unlike the big Nautilus, the 3800 comes with a central seconds hand. It’s a small detail but it gives the watch some dynamism. This 3800 from 1995 is in great condition, with an honest case and bracelet that show some wear and light scratches. The blue-greyish dial with characteristic horizontally embossed bars comes with a cool detail: it has two printed greek sigmas at the bottom half (“σ swiss σ”) indicating that the indexes on the dial and the hands are made of 18k white gold. Finally, the watch comes as a complete set with original box and papers.
Patek Philippe NautilusPatek Philippe’s ultra exclusive timepieces have always been intended for the lucky few. Its mechanical masterpieces were traditionally made from precious metals and worn by an elegant lady or gentleman. After the roaring success of Audemars Piguet’s Gerald Genta-designed Royal Oak, Patek decided that it also needed its own luxury steel sports watch.As the story goes, Gerald Genta drew the initial design of the Nautilus while observing a group of Patek executives having dinner during the Baselworld watch fair. When the Nautilus was introduced in 1976 it was advertised as a watch that worked equally well with a wet suit as with a dinner suit. Not quite incidentally, it was also the most expensive steel sports watch available in the market.Ever since the very first Nautilus, the Patek and Nautilus names have become inseparable. Over the years, many variations, with different materials, dial colors and layouts, and complications, have been added to the Nautilus lineup. However, Genta’s original design elements have remained in all these executions: a rounded octagonal bezel inspired by the portholes of a ship with ‘ears’ on the sides of the case that look like the hinges of a porthole.
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