Would you rather purchase your timepiece brand new or used? As much as we would choose to be the first owner, certain second-hand offers are too good to miss out on. Tropical Watch happens to have a 1981 Patek Philippe Nautilus 3700 available right now. Collectors should waste no time securing this courtesy of its striking Tropical feature.

Objects under continuous exposure to sunlight will gradually cause color degradation. As such, proper care should be taken if you want to preserve the original aesthetics. Over the years, the fascination with timekeeping instruments that show faded pigmentation grew. Thus, there is now a healthy demand for examples similar to the “Jumbo” in question here.

It does not necessarily need to be from Patek Philippe either. Tropical dials on the likes of a Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Breitling, Omega, and others will have eager buyers ready for them. This 1981 Nautilus 3700 comes in a 42 mm stainless steel case, bezel, case back, and 19-link bracelet.

An appraisal from Tropical Watch notes that this 1981 Patek Philippe Nautilus 3700 is in remarkable condition. There is visible wear on some of the surfaces but does not take away from its classy profile. Of course, what makes it desirable in the eyes of the right crowd is under the crystal.

You have the signature dial in gold with horizontal grooves. However, the Tropical patina is distributed generously across the surface, baton hour markers, and hands. The signature remains pristine despite everything else, while the lume is already in a creamy hue. Meanwhile, the date window at 3 o’clock appears to be in an excellent state as well.

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