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1114. Patek Philippe A fne and very rare yellow gold wristwatch with date, bracelet, certifcate and presentation box 百達翡麗,型號3700,非常罕有,18K黃金自動上弦鏈帶腕錶, 約1983年製。附證書和錶盒

Manufacturer Year

Patek Philippe Circa 1983

Reference No. Movement No. Case No. Model Name Material Calibre

3700 1’309’410 559’049 Nautilus 18K yellow gold Automatic, 28 255C aut., 36 rubies Bracelet/Strap 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe bracelet, max length 190mm Clasp/Buckle 18K yellow and white gold Patek Philippe deployant clasp Dimensions 42mm Diameter Estimate

HKD 400,000-700,000 USD 51,300-89,700 Accessories Accompanied by Patek Philippe Certifcate of Origin bearing number 1’310’342, code-dated April 1984, stamped by Saudi Arabia retailer Bajsair and dated July 2, 1991, ftted presentation box and outer packaging

In today’s collecting scene — where condition is the paramount concern when it comes to vintage timepieces — the present example of yellow gold ref. 3700 can be considered of excellent quality.

Any collector would consider themselves extremely lucky to fnd a timepiece close to the level of fne quality of the present Nautilus. Not a scratch mars the 18K yellow gold case, and the bracelet is as tight as when the piece lef the factory. The only hint of the passage of time is given by the luminous material which acquired a subtle vanilla tone. Such incredible condition is explained by the fact that the watch is ofered by its original owner, who acquired it Saudi Arabia in 1991, and never used it once. Interestingly, the movement number on the Certifcate (1’310’342) does not match the actual movement number of the watch (1’309’410). From the certifcate, we can decipher its codedate as 1983, but the certifcate is dated July 2, 1991. As the watch spent nearly a decade on the shelf before being sold, it is a safe guess that by the time of sale the frst movement was found to have some issues and the retailer upgraded the piece with the current movement which, being the one the watch lef the retailer with, is to be considered absolutely fne to the timepiece.

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