Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 3800

We are proud to present the iconic Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 3800/1.

In a world hunting for blue-dial steel sports watches, the Patek Philippe Nautilus rules them all. Okay, perhaps in a shared dominance with the AP Royal Oak. This is one of those grail watches. Near impossible to obtain and oh, so beautiful.

This is the Nautilus Ref. 3800/1 from 1992. The very first Nautilus was introduced in 1976 as the Ref. 3700. In 1980, a women’s size and a midsize version were added to the lineup. This is that midsize variant. And you know what, it might just be the most elegant within the history of the model. Measuring in at 37,5mm, this is just about the perfect size for any wrist.

The watch has been serviced by Patek Philippe and comes with 2022 service papers & Extract of Archive.

This blue Nautilus, a Gerald Genta design icon, is now available at Amsterdam Watch Company.

€ 79.500

Availability: In stock

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Details
Brand Patek Philippe
Movement Automatic
Model Nautilus
Diameter 37.5 mm
Reference 3800
Bracelet/strap: Steel
Year of production (circa) 1992
Set Content Extract of archives, Patek Philippe Service papers 2022
Material Steel
Warranty 2 year (AWCo)
Crystal Sapphire
Dial color Blue
Backstory

To truly understand the Patek Philippe Nautilus, we have to start at the quartz crisis of the late 1960’s. After Seiko launched its first quartz movement, dark clouds gathered over Switzerland’s traditional watchmaking industry. Watches could now be more accurate, easier to maintain and above all: much, much cheaper. Asian quartz watches flooded the market and the Swiss houses had to respond.

In 1972 designer Gerald Genta formulated an answer for Audemars Piguet. He drew the very first luxury steel sports watch. A concept previously unthinkable. A sports watch with haute-horology-level watchmaking and finishing and the eye-watering price to match: the Royal Oak. The gamble paid off, there would be a place for high-end watchmaking in a world dominated by cheap quartz watches.

The template was set and Genta would repeat the trick for Patek Philippe. At the Basel trade fair, he sketched the rough shape of the watch on a napkin in five minutes. The design was based on a ship’s porthole and the watch would feature an integrated bracelet, like its AP predecessor. In 1976, the Ref. 3700/1 Nautilus was finally introduced.

At 42mm’s, the Jumbo Nautilus was rather substantial, although beautifully thin. In 1980, a women’s size Ref. 4800 and a mid-size Ref. 3800/1A, measuring 37,5mm’s, were added to the lineup. While the Ref. 3700 featured the same JLC-based caliber as the AP Royal Oak and Vacheron’s Overseas, the Ref. 3800 would be fitted with an in-house caliber.

After a few variations with different complications, a big update would follow in 2006. The legendary Ref. 5711/1A was introduced, measuring 43mm’s and running on Patek’s new in-house caliber 324SC. Again, numerous complicated variations followed before the range would be discontinued in 2021.

The Nautilus is one of the most sought-after watches on the market. Prices have sky-rocketed and a new one is pretty much impossible to attain without a rich purchase-history and suffering through a long, long waitlist. Needless to say then, this is a rather special opportunity.

Shipping
Of course it is of the utmost importance to get your purchase to your doorstep safely. Therefore, we ship all our packages insured worldwide.
We do our best to handle packages as soon as possible. This could take a max. of 3 working days. Note that the delivery times commence the day of dispatch.
Unfortunately, we cannot be held responsible for any delays caused by destination customs clearance processes, local duties and taxes, and items that are lost in transit. 
Please email us for more information at info@awco.nl.
Brand

Patek Philippe

Model

Reference

3800

Year of production (circa)

1992

Material

Steel

Crystal

Sapphire

Dial color

Blue

Movement

Automatic

Diameter

37.5 mm

Bracelet/strap:

Steel

Set Content

Extract of archives, Patek Philippe Service papers 2022