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Patek Philippe Nautilus 3800/1 Two-Tone 1988 Service Sealed

Pre-owned () | Year of production 1988 | No original box | No original papers
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Listing code KBQS24
Brand Patek Philippe
Model Nautilus
Reference number 3800/1
Dealer product code SD044402
Movement Automatic
Case material Gold/Steel
Year of production 1988
Scope of delivery
No original box, no original papers
Gender Men's watch/Unisex
Location United Kingdom, London
Price £29,750 (= $38,556) [Negotiable]
Availability Item is in stock


Movement Automatic


Case material Gold/Steel
Case diameter 37 mm


Central seconds


Introduced in 1981, the ref. 3800 was a smaller version of the now-iconic ref. 3700 - the original Nautilus. It was designed to bridge the gap between the assertive and in-your-face 42mm case of the 3700 and the preference for smaller watches during the 1980s. The model also featured a central seconds, which was not present on the larger 3700.

Like the Jumbo, the standard 3800 features the monobloc case construction with the now-iconic "ears" on either side. The finishing on the case is impressive, with both brushed and polished surfaces creating an attractive visual contrast.

Although it's perhaps the single hardest watch to get at retail nowadays, Patek Philippe's Nautilus came as a surprise to the industry when it initially launched. Alongside the more aggressive and angular Royal Oak from Audemars Piguet, the Nautilus has the illustrious title of being a watch that arguably saved the Swiss watch industry from its darkest times.

In the 1970s, the industry was being outwitted by Japanese quartz watch manufacturers, who produced watches which were not only far more accurate, but also vastly cheaper than their Swiss counterparts. To stymie this decline, watchmakers looked to radically change the nature of the industry. The Royal Oak and Nautilus were infamous for costing over 10 times more than contemporary steel watches, and yet it took a few years for the first references to actually sell out.

Today, the Nautilus is iconic in every sense of the word. While the watch has become immensely popular as a result of pop culture, it still holds its own as piece of horological history.

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