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Patek Philippe Nautilus ref. 3800 18K YG circa 1980's

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The Patek Philippe Nautilus is currently one of the most sought after watches in the world. Whether we are discussing the original ref. 3700, it’s modern twin in the ref. 5711, or the host of other complicated references like the 5980 chronograph or the 5740 perpetual calendar. All of them have a rabid fan base and command massive premiums over their retail prices. One reference has been able to more or less slip under the radar though and isn’t hovering around the high five or low six figures. What we have here is the rare, and smaller cousin to the original Nautilus 3700, the first update to the Nautilus line beginning in 1981. The ref. 3800. This one in the even more rarely seen yellow gold.

The 3700 and the 5711 both measure in at a “Jumbo” 42mm. while the 3800 was made for those wanting something slightly more refined, at 37mm. The combination of the dark blue signature Nautilus dial with the bright yellow gold case, provides for endless wrist glances throughout the day. The 3800 was further special as a reference in that it introduced a running seconds hand for the first time in the line, as well as being powered by a brand new in-house caliber, the 335 SC. The watch is worn on its usual, and incredibly comfortable Nautilus bracelet, with H links and subtly rounded center links.

All around the 3800 was a massive step forward for the Nautilus family, all tied up in a slightly smaller bow. As the years have gone on the 3800 has always trailed behind the full size versions, but honestly with hardly any reason. This watch is stunning both in photos and in person on the wrist, and it is a fantastic example from an era where Patek was attempting to forge ahead into uncharted waters.

Guaranteed genuine, recently fully serviced and offered with a 1 year warranty of accurate timekeeping and operation.

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Rolex Serial Numbers and Clasp Codes

Rolex Serial Numbers

Rolex Production Year Serial Number
2010 G
2009 V
2008 M OR V
2007 M OR Z
2006 D OR Z
2005 D
2005 F
2004 F
2003 F
2002 Y
2001 K OR Y
2000 K,000,001
2000 P,000,001
1999 A,000,001
1998 U,932,144
1997 U,000,001
1996 T,000,001
1995 W,000,001
1994 S,860,880
1993 S,000,001
1992 C,000,001
1991 N,000,001
1991 X,000,001
1990 E,000,001
1989 L,980,000
1988 R,598,200
1987 R,000,001
1987 9,400,000
1986 8,900,000
1985 8,614,000
1984 8,070,022
1983 7,400,000
1982 7,100,000
1981 6,520,870
1980 6,434,000
1979 5,737,030
1978 5,000,000
1977 5,008,000
1976 4,115,299
1975 3,862,196
1974 3,567,927
1973 3,200,268
1972 2,890,459
1971 2,589,295
1970 2,241,882
1969 1,900,000
1968 1,752,000
1967 1,538,435
1966 1,200,000
1965 1,100,000
1964 1,008,889
1963 824,000
1962 744,000
1961 643,153
1960 516,000
1959 399,453
1958 328,000
1957 224,000
1956 133,061
1955 97,000
1954 23,000
1953 855,726
1952 726,639
1951 709,249
1950
1949
1948 628,840
1947 529,163
1946 367,946
1945 302,459
1944 269,561
1943 230,878
1942 143,509
1941 106,047
1940 99,775
1939 71,224
1938 43,739
1937 40,920
1936 36,856
1935 34,336
1934 30,823
1933 29,562
1932 29,132
1931
1930 23,186
1929
1928 23,969
1927 20,190
1926 00,001
 

Rolex Clasp Codes

Bracelet CodeYear
A or VA1976
B or VB1977
C or VC1978
D or VD1979
E or VE1980
F or VF1981
G1982
H1983
I1984
J1985
K1986
L1987
M1988
N1989
O1990
P1991
Q1992
R1993
S1994
T or W1995
V1996
Z1997
U1998
X1999
AB2000
DE2001
DT2002
AD2003
CL2004
MA2005
OP2006
EO2007
PJ2008
LT2009
RS2010
RANDOM201+