Year of issue: 1977
Reference number: 3700/1
Condition: mint
Status: available
Dealer country: Monaco
Dealer name: Corrado Mattarelli
Price in EUR € On request


Exceedingly rare steel Patek Philippe Nautilus ref. 3700/1, manufactured in 1977. Designed by the celebrated Gérald Genta, the Nautilus was launched in 1976 and was in production for less than a decade.  Taking inspiration from a porthole of a ship, the case is constructed via a solid monobloc backcase with a distinctive rounded octagonal bezel secured by four lateral screws to ensure waterproof capabilities of up to 120 meters. The production of the 3700 was segmented into two main series with early examples (1976-1982) stamped with ref. 3700/1 and later examples (1982-1990) stamped with 3700/11.  Early examples featured a slightly wider bracelet measuring 16mm whilst later examples measured 14mm. The very first examples highlighted dials with small painted baton outer minute tracks. The steel 3700/1 symbolizes the most rare and coveted Patek Philippe Nautilus reference, and has become one of the most iconic and sought after wristwatch of the late 20th century. Preserved in superb condition, the present example represents the very first generation of this legendary reference.  It stands out for the untouched condition of the case and the bracelet and the amazing unmistakable black dial. It is powered by the legendary calibre 28-255 C which was the best ultra-flat automatic movement of the time. The sought after original Patek Philippe “Certificate of Identity and Guarantee of Origin” and especially the ultra rare Patek Philippe original receipt, greatly increase its desirability, making it the ultimate trophy of Nautilus reference. You can read more about the history of this extraordinary reference at “The Onlyvintage Magazine”. Case n: 536xx Mov n: 1305xxx Cal.: 28-255C Diam.: 42mm Box & Papers: Original Patek Philippe Certificate of Identity and Guarantee of Origin, original Patek Philippe receipt, Extract from the Archives. Sold in: 1977


Corrado Mattarelli