Patek Philippe
Nautilus 3800/1A | steel

Sigma Dial

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Patek Philippe
Nautilus 3800/1A | steel

Sigma Dial

Regular price

The history
More than forty years has passed since the creation of the original Patek Philippe Nautilus and this now classic piece, is more popular than ever. First unveiled by Patek Philippe in the 1970s and designed by Gérald Genta - who incidentally designed the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak amongst others - the Nautilus has become a cultural icon due to its distinctive features and its role as a pioneer for high-end luxury sports watches.

The Nautilus was released later than the Royal Oak by Audemars Piguetand offered a different take on the idea of a luxury sports watch, though - like the Royal Oak - it was made in stainless steel. 

The reference 3800/1A (seen in this example), was first produced in the early 1980s, as an alternative to the ‘Jumbo’ 3700 - with a reduced diameter of 37.5mm - in response to the initial slow start of the original reference. As with all Nautilus examples, the reference 3800/1A features an integrated, water-tight "porthole" case, famously penned by Mr. Gérald Genta.

The design
In essence, the reference 3800 is a scaled-down version of the 3700. The watch displays a similar dark, ridged dial, with horizontal grooves (as seen in the 3700/1), along with applied tritium-filled hour markers, white outer-minute divisions, polished baton hands (with luminous inserts) and a date aperture at 3 o’clock.

With this example, the index-markers and hands are manufactured from white gold, indicated by the lower case Greek letter ‘Sigma’ at the bottom of the dial. The ‘Sigma’ signature was a visual declaration of the use of precious materials, and was adopted by a number of manufactures throughout the 70’s - emphasising the inherent value of a high-quality, mechanical watch.

Like the ref. 3700, the case and the original integral 3800/001 stainless steel bracelet and signed clasp are excellently finished, with angular, beveled and polished edges. The polished screws, bezel and case edges fantastically-contrast with the brushed surface of the case and bracelet. At 37.5mm in diameter, and only 7.5mm thick, the 3800 Nautilus case is well proportioned and wears comfortably on the wrist. 

The movement

As a result of Patek Philippe's decision to develop its own in-house, ultra-slim movement, the reference 3800 features an updated calibre 335 S C (for “seconde centrale” or “central second”), replacing the previous calibre 28-255C movement. The calibre 335 S C features 29 jewels, a straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance; adjusted to cold, heat, isochronism, and 5 positions, a self-compensating flat balance spring and shock absorber mechanism. Furthermore, the solid-gold rotor is finished in classic Patek Philippe style, with circular Geneva stripes.

The Set

Overall, this Patek Philippe Nautilus 3800/1A is well preserved, boasting a nicely-preserved thick case and bracelet. It comes with its original outer and inner boxes, Certificate of Origin, confirming sale in 1997, and leather folder.

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Brand: Patek Philippe
Model: Nautilus Ref. 3800/1A
Movement: mechanical automatic Cal. 335 SC
Functions: date, hours, minutes, central seconds
Features: dark blue ridged dial 
Case: 37.5mm stainless steel 
Crystal: sapphire
Bracelet: large-link 3800/001 stainless steel bracelet, signed clasp
Year: 1997 (sold)
Box & papers: outer-box, box, Certificate of Origin, leather folder
This Patek Philippe Nautilus 3800/1A comes with its original outer-box, box, Certificate of Origin, confirming sale in 1997, and leather folder. It is well preserved, boasting a nicely-preserved thick case and bracelet. Both the case and bracelet are original to the watch, with appropriately corresponding signatures throughout and a full complement of 22 original links (9 removable). The case shows light signs of wear throughout, with more noticeable marks on the bezel at 5 o'clock and brushed portion of the caseback. The applied hour markers are (original) tritium-filled, with ‘dot’ outer-minute divisions and polished baton-hands (with luminous inserts). The 335 S C calibre movement of this 3800/1A comes with a two-year warranty from A Collected Man.

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