Patek Philippe Nautilus 3800/105
The exceptionally rare reference 3800 Nautilus executions with factory diamond settings are among of the most mouth-watering pieces ever made by Patek Philippe.
Patek Philippe introduced the 3800 as the midsize brother of the original 3700 Nautilus, clocking in at a diameter of 37.5 mm. The 3800 wasn’t just a shrunken Nautilus, but introduced some important improvements vis-à-vis its big brother. For instance, the 3800 was the first Nautilus to feature an in-house automatic movement: the caliber 335 SC. Moreover, the 3800 also was the first Nautilus reference to feature a center seconds (as indicated by the “SC”, which stands for seconde centrale).
The ref. 3800/10x subseries of the mid-size Nautilus features exquisite gem-set models. In the previous drop, we already sold an ultra-rare reference 3800/103 with diamonds and rubies. This ref. 3800/105 is even more special, with fewer than a handful publicly known.
The extremely limited run of the 3800/105 was produced in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Gerald Genta designed case and integrated bracelet are executed in 18k yellow gold, while the bezel features an exquisite factory-set pavé diamond bezel. The bejeweled theme continues not only on the center links of the integrated bracelet, but also on the exceptional circular pavé set diamond dial with baguette-set sapphire quarters. An uncommon black date disc with contrasting white text—a feature found only on early executions of the ref. 3800—provides a counterweight to the outstanding dial. Meanwhile, the beautiful broad 18K yellow gold dauphine hands inject the watch with a hint of 1950s elegance.
This exceptional 3800/105 dates back to 1984 and comes with an extract of the Patek Philippe archives.
Patek 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.