Patek Philippe Genève, "Nautilus Jumbo", Movement No. 1306879, Case No. 538585, Ref. 3700/1, Cal. 28-255C, 42 x 44 mm, circa 1978
A heavy automatic vintage Geneva wristwatch with date, sold on February 29th, 1980 - with Patek Philippe extract from the archives Case: steel, screwed on bezel, Patek Philippe steel bracelet with later original deployant clasp, bracelet length 155 mm, total length 200 mm. Dial: black, bar texture, later original hands.
In 1976 Patek Philippe launched their first Nautilus model, an "unorthodox" wristwatch in a steel case. At the time, a gold, ultraflat watch design was considered the epitome of luxury - Patek Philippe surprised the market by opposing the prevailing trend with the "Nautilus Jumbo", a bold porthole design with a plain steel case. The first model of the range is reference 3700/1; the water resistance case (up to 120 m) receives a Swiss patent. In 1978 the steel version of this model had a price of 5,450 D-Mark, the gold version came to 16,800 D-Mark - at the time only a little less than a Mercedes-Benz 200 D would cost.
Estimate 42,000 - 65,000 €
Price Realised 55,000 €
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