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Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 3710/1A
Patek Philippe Nautilus 3710
We can regard the 3710 as something of an encore after the 3700 was discontinued. Same case shape, same 40mm jumbo size, but this time around with Roman indexes and special kind of power reserve indicator. Still a Gerald Genta classic of a steel Sports Patek, but also the first Nautilus with a complication other than a date.
Younger Nautili are equipped with a separate case back. These can be produced more efficiently, but the monobloc construction of these earlier gens result in a slimmer case. It measures only 8mm thickness, making it especially elegant. Furthermore, this construction results in 120m water resistance, as opposed to the 50m of younger variants. And there are more differences, such as the fact that the bracelet features screwed links, rather than the pins of younger models.
The power reserve indicator is unique. The indicator bar is reminiscent of the tail of a comet, which earned this model the nickname “comet”. When winding, both the comet and the hand rotate. When using up the power reserve, the hand first rotates towards the comet, to then mark the current PR on the comet indicator bar. The system was introduced on the 3710 and never used again.
As you are used to with Patek Philippe, the devil is in the details. Look at the faceted edge of the bracelet, for instance. It was applied by hand to guarantee a perfectly smooth line across individual links. Run your finger along the edge and you hardly feel the links passing by. It is in details such as these that Patek differentiates itself from the lesser gods.
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