Patek Philippe
3700/1 Nautilus Signed S.M. Alzouman

  • Collection: Nautilus
  • Model reference: 3700/1
  • Case/Size: Steel & Gold, 42mm
  • Dial: Black
  • Movement: Automatic-winding
  • Functions: Hours, minutes and date
  • Condition / Year: Good / 1978
  • Box / Papers: No / archives copy
  • Collection: Nautilus
  • Model Reference: 3700/1
  • Case/Size: Steel / Gold / 42mm
  • Dial: Black
  • Movement: Automatic winding
  • Functions: Hours, Minutes, Date
  • Specificity: Dial signed S.M. ALZOUMAN
  • Condition / Year: Good / 1978
  • Box / Papers: No / Extract from Archives
  • Price: Upon Request

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Description

The legendary Nautilus’ bloodline started in 1976 with the iconic reference 3700 nicknamed “Jumbo” due to its imposing size for those days. In direct competition with AP’s bold “Royal Oak”, these models were over-sized and “over-priced” for steel watches, establishing a new norm in the ultra luxury sport segment during the “Quartz crisis”.

Created by the equally legendary Gerald Genta, sketched within minutes for Patek Philippe executives it is believed to be one of his best and most timeless designs.

The present reference 3700/1 (bi-color) is part of the first series produced from 1976 to 1982 with the main feature being the wider and straight 16mm bracelet made by “Gay Frères”, on the second series under reference 3700/11 produced from 1982 to 1990 the bracelet was narrower and tapered by 2mm.

It is estimated that on an overall production of ± 4000 pieces only around 20% were made in steel/yellow gold making this a rarer model. The very special feature about this watch is its signed dial, we have known double-signatures on 3700 models by US retailer Tiffany & Co or Swiss retailers such as Gubelin and Beyer occasionally also with the ultra rare coat of arms of Oman; the mighty Khanjar but signed with an individual’s name this is a very first.

S.M. ALZOUMAN

It is believed that late Saudi industrialist and watch lover, Saleh Mohammad Alzouman requested Patek Philippe to have his watch signed with his initials and family name. Mr Alzouman’s company was also from the early 90s and until today the distributor of Swatch in Saudi Arabia.

We gave this watch for service/restoration at Patek Philippe in Geneva in the summer of 2023, the reference given on the service paper was 3700/1JA-050, after 6 months  the watch was returned with all its original parts (dial, hands, crown) therefore making this a perfect unique example from the late 70s.

On the Patek extract of archives the signature isn’t mentioned certainly because the signature wasn’t born with the watch but requested probably later in the 80s by Mr Alzouman.

 

 

 

Patek Philippe – Bio

Patek Philippe & Co. was founded in 1839, located in Geneva and the Vallée de Joux. It designs and manufactures timepieces and movements, including some of the most complicated mechanical watches. It is considered by many experts and aficionados to be one of the most prestigious watch manufacturers.
In 1868, Patek Philippe made their first wristwatch, which was sold on November 13, 1876 to the Hungarian Countess.
It is the last independent, family-owned Genevan watch manufacture with uninterrupted operating history spanning nearly 180 years.

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