Patek Philippe Nautilus 3800J

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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.

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. Unlike the ‘Jumbo’ Nautilus, the 3800 also came with a central seconds hand (as indicated by the “SC”, which stands for seconde centrale). While this might seem like a minute (pun intended) detail, the sweeping seconds adds loads of dynamism to the original Nautilus’ rather static dial.

The iconic Gerald Genta designed case and integrated bracelet on this ref. 3800J are executed in 18k yellow gold. The watch features a blue dial with a horizontally embossed pattern and a cool detail at the 6 o’clock position: two printed Greek sigmas (“σ swiss σ”) indicate that the indices on the dial and the hands are made of 18k gold as well. An uncommon black date disc with contrasting white text—a feature found only on early executions of the ref. 3800—adds yet more visual interest to the dial.

This 3800J dates back to 1984 and was originally sold in 1985 according to the accompanying Extract from the Patek Philippe archives. The watch is in impeccable condition with razor sharp lines and a tight bracelet.

Introduction

Patek Philippe Nautilus

Patek Philippe has always been a watch brand for the lucky few as they are the creator of the most exclusive timepieces in the world. They made mechanical masterpieces to fit the exquisite gentleman or elegant lady, mainly out of precious metal. But after the success of the Royal Oak from Audemars Piguet, designed by the famous Gerald Genta, Patek had to go overboard and create a steel sports watch of their own. The Nautilus, named after a Submariner, first saw light in 1976 and it was being advertised as a watch that worked equally well with a wet suit as with a dinner suit. Being the most expensive steel sports watch when it was launched; it was interesting to see how it would pan out. Another great success was added to Mr. Genta and Patek Philippe’s history. Eversince they made a whole bunch of variations in different materials, dial colour and layouts. All having in common that the shape of the case looks like a porthole with protruding ‘ears’ on each side of the case and with an eight-sided, curved bezel. Another cool feature can be found on the dial as all of them are strongly characterized by horizontal embossed bars.

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