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Why We Love It
While the Nautilus is without question one of the great horological icons of the 1970s, it has in recent years once again become one of the most in-demand timepiece models on the planet.
Collectors and prospectors alike are clamoring to get their hands on Genta's second great luxury sports watch, and with the recent news of the discontinuation of their current collection steel model - the legendary Reference 5711 - this dramatic rise shows no signs of slowing down.
This particular vintage variant from circa 1980 offers something a bit different, however...
Known colloquially as a 'Nautilipse' or 'Ellipsinaut', this Reference 3770 features an elongated two-tone Nautilus case reminiscent of Patek's Ellipse collection but is fitted with the iconic Nautilus-style integrated bracelet. The case houses a quartz movement and a stunning bicolor silver/grey Tritium 'Sigma' dial with a matching dauphine handset. This piece remains in excellent condition throughout, showing even patination to the Tritium elements and light, honest wear.
The Nautilus - in any of its variations - is a very special thing. This watch just stands out a little bit more.
Patek Philippe’s history has been driven by its discerning female clientele.
One of the company’s earliest clients was a Madame Goscinska, who bought the first three watches Patek Philippe ever produced. Although meant to be worn on brooches or suspended from chains at the waist, these watches were remarkable for their exquisite construction, featuring enamel decorations surrounded by diamonds, and often containing complications like a keyless winding system.
Queen Victoria herself fell in love with one such watch at the Great Exhibition in London in 1851.
When Patek Philippe made its first wristwatches in the 1870s, they were not for men, but for women, who liked the practicality of a wrist-worn watch while engaged in sports like horseback riding. These watches were petite and stylish, and powered by movements so small that they could fit into a ring. To manufacture parts on such a scale requires mastery, which the watchmakers at Patek Philippe certainly possessed… and still do.
18K Yellow gold and stainless steel case is approximately 35mm x 40mm (excluding the crown). Calibre E27 quartz movement by Patek Philippe. Patek Philippe Reference 3770. Circa 1980.
Overall Condition: The case is in very good condition overall showing honest wear throughout consistent with age and use. Luminous grey and silver Tritium ‘Sigma’ dial with applied yellow gold indices is in excellent condition with matching ‘Dauphine’ handset. Unsigned crown.
Includes integrated 18k yellow gold and stainless steel bracelet with signed deployant clasp.
Analog/Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states. We are happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
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