A little gem I picked up on Sunday

 By: rnaden : August 12th, 2019-18:11
Given that pretty much every forum and blog over the last month has been writing articles about the craziness of the steel sports watch market, mainly over Patek and Rolex, I think we can still find many, many more interesting alternatives instead of following the herd. This 3802J is one example.

This one is about 20 years old, based on the papers, and still in near perfect shape, and even 34mm doesn’t seem too small. What I am most amazed by is that Patek managed to fit an automatic rotor and a date into 8.4mm of thickness, which is a testament of their prowess and skill.

Maturing in this hobby - after many years, I find myself going back to the simple watches. No more chronographs and unnecessary functions which I don’t use. Ok, once in a while if I see something mad, like the Seiko Gundam, I do pick them up just because smile

A true classic! [nt]

 By: aperna : August 12th, 2019-18:24
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Thank you! I think so too

 By: rnaden : August 13th, 2019-04:32
The Calatrava’s don’t seem to be spoken of much these days, but to me, they are one of the defining families of Patek.

Congratulations Richard!

 By: sham1 : August 12th, 2019-19:01
Fantastic photos of a classic Patek! And 34mm suits you very well  smile

Thank you, my friend! Am sure this pleases you ;-) [nt]

 By: rnaden : August 13th, 2019-04:31
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More important,

 By: sham1 : August 13th, 2019-04:45
that it pleases you Richard! It is a terribly under rated and therefore under priced reference and you were spot on to get it.

Center seconds is a great element to this reference! [nt]

 By: thegrailwatch : August 12th, 2019-19:20
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That is definitely one element that I wanted

 By: rnaden : August 13th, 2019-04:32
I have enough watches with a sub second dial on it.

Congrats on this classic

 By: jim_94104 : August 12th, 2019-19:28
now that I am retired and moving back to SG for good next year. I would dearly love to find a reputable dealer there and maybe I will be very lucky to find myself a Calatrava too smile

I don’t think you’ll have too hard a time :-)

 By: rnaden : August 13th, 2019-04:33
And you’ll be in a place where there are plenty of reputable dealers, both in country and across the causeway.

A truly fine piece [nt]

 By: LS : August 12th, 2019-19:39
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Thanks. They sure have a lot of these marvels from back in the day [nt]

 By: rnaden : August 13th, 2019-04:34
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Congrats on finding a classic watch with all its...

 By: GLau : August 12th, 2019-20:17
elegance and Patek DNA !

Enjoy it often, until your next “itch” smile

I’m trying to put an end to the itches!

 By: rnaden : August 13th, 2019-04:34
After a while, there are few watches out there that I desire, so it is a good thing, for me at least smile

Elegant! A little gem for sure. And a testament to your good taste.

 By: halgedahl : August 12th, 2019-20:25
My congratulations. FH

Thanks for the nice comments :-) [nt]

 By: rnaden : August 13th, 2019-04:34
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Well deserved! [nt]

 By: halgedahl : August 13th, 2019-05:13
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Timeless and beautiful

 By: jonnlee5711 : August 12th, 2019-22:03
Congrats my friend. It fits nicely and the thinness never cease to amaze.

Looking forward to seeing it at the next gtg.

Thanks, buddy! And yes, that can surely be arranged :-) [nt]

 By: rnaden : August 13th, 2019-04:37
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You are right, my friend. There is a life outside these steel models. This Patek you found is one example, an a nice one. Bravo! [nt]

 By: amanico : August 12th, 2019-22:21
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Indeed! Thank you for looking and sharing in the appreciation. [nt]

 By: rnaden : August 13th, 2019-04:35
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A true icon, enjoy it. [nt]

 By: Bobbe : August 12th, 2019-22:53
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Thank you. I certainly will. [nt]

 By: rnaden : August 13th, 2019-08:32
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Congratulations! 3802J was my very first PP in 1988. I still have it in my collection. Can't forget your first! [nt]

 By: doublesix : August 12th, 2019-22:58
the rotor still sounds like music when you spin the watch around.

Thank you!

 By: rnaden : August 13th, 2019-04:36
My first was a 5124J, but it had to be let go when it just never made wrist time and had a tough time competing against the others in the collection. But you’re right, you never forget your first!

Very nice watch. Wonderful picture. A classic, very elegant. 👍

 By: geross : August 13th, 2019-01:39
Congratulations, best wishes on your PP collection. 😊


Thank you for the nice comments.

 By: rnaden : August 13th, 2019-04:39
These “old timers” are elegant for sure. Something I think many others out there should pay attention to.

I guess it is in our advantage, as these can be had at a more reasonable price than the steel models.

Congrats on choosing the most iconic Patek line -- a Calatrava will forever symbolize perfection and elegance! Its younger brother (I only buy new) was also my first Patek, 11 years ago:

 By: FabR : August 13th, 2019-03:17

Just as elegant!

 By: rnaden : August 13th, 2019-04:38
Very nice sample you have. The sub seconds stand out, and in my view that’s because Patek removed the minute track on the outer dial so as to keep it clean.

A gentleman’s forever classic

 By: vicunaman1 : August 13th, 2019-23:57
this month is the 48th birthday of my 3520D.
Purchased in Nice three blocks from the Negresco.
Manual wind. No seconds, no date, 33mm.
My thinnest watch.
The hobnail bezel and the white enamel, black 
Roman numerals are special.
Enjoy it......
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