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Patek Philippe Nautilus 3800
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We’ll tell you a little secret if you promise to keep it to yourself... We like the smaller reference 3800 even more than the Jumbo Nautilus.
The ref. 3800 is the midsize brother of the original ref. 3700 Nautilus, coming in at a perfect 37.5 mm. The 3800 wasn’t just a shrunken Nautilus, but introduced some important improvements vis-a-vis its older brother. For one, 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 is a two-tone execution with a stainless steel case, 18k yellow gold bezel and hinges, and a stainless steel integrated bracelet with 18k yellow gold center links. More importantly, it's an early execution of the ref. 3800. This specimen was produced in 1983, just two years after the model’s introduction. These early executions sported a beautiful high-contrast black date disc with white text, a detail that was changed shortly after. The classic champagne dial features Patek’s iconic horizontally embossed pattern and comes with yet another cool detail: two printed Greek sigmas at the bottom (“σ swiss σ”), indicating that the indices on the dial and the hands are crafted from 18k gold.
This 3800 dates back to 1983 and comes with an extract from the Patek Philippe archives. The watch is in great condition with sharp lines and a tight bracelet.
Patek Philippe’s mechanical masterpieces are usually made from precious metals but its sporty steel Nautilus and Aquanaut lines have been popular as well since their introduction in the 1970s and 1990s, respectively. Nautilus 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.