Previously at Baselworld 2016 the mighty Patek Philippe had hinted there would be some special timepieces appearing during the autumn season. For those who had done their math the mystery could have slightly revealed itself. But, for those who didn’t take the time, no worries. It’s the 40th anniversary of the “Patek Philippe Nautilus” model and we’re all invited.
This iconic timepiece was originally launched back in 1976 and Patek Philippe took the horology market by surprise, with its unique porthole-inspired design. It arrived on the horology market with a 42mm case, which for the times was seen as very big, so they even nicknamed the watch “Jumbo”. But, times have changed and watch enthusiasts have tended to prefer bigger. So, it’s probably no surprise to see the new Nautilus model, in a 44 and 49mm case.
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First off, let’s take a closer look at the “Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1P”. For those familiar with the industry and the cataloguing mannerisms, used by Patek, the “P” found in the reference number is clearly related to its diamond. See, there is a diamond set into the bezel at the 6 o’clock position, by Wesselton, which means it’s a high quality/purity diamond and the “P” in the reference signifies that discrete, yet important detail.
Now, one of the secrets of pulling off a big case with a small feel, is about creative proportions. And if you were to measure this timepiece, you’d find that its width from 9 to 3 o’clock is 44mm, while its width from the 10 to 4 o’clock position only sums up 40mm. And this mix adds up to a very elegant case design, which has been marveling and consistently evolving in a proper manner, before our very eyes.
So, the 44mm case on this particular “5711/1P” is made of platinum, with a pusher on its left side and a crown to the right. It has a fixed bezel, with the traditional Nautilus design, we’ve all learned to admire and respect. No doubt one of Gérald Genta’s most futuristic visions and a highly regarded conception.
While, time is exhibited on a blue dial with the traditional “garage door” motif, routinely found on the “Nautilus”. Its hands with luminescent-coating point towards baguette-cut hour index markers. The blue dial is also made of 18k white gold, but with a PVD blue-treated coating, which explains its color. There is also an engraving with the number “40” and the date “1976 – 2016”, slightly over the 6 o’clock position. Asserting unequivocally this new release as an anniversary watch. There is also a white date aperture at the 3 o’clock position.
The other commemorative timepiece, the “Patek Philippe Nautilus Chronograph” comes with a 49mm case made of 18 white gold. It includes two pushers to either side of the crown, which serve to activate the chronograph movement. Besides that, it’s the standard case we’ve come to expect from this specific model.
Time is also exhibited on a blue dial with a “garage door” motif, but there are more complications involved. The engraving bearing the number “40” and the date “1976 – 2016”, here are all found stretched along on the same line, as well as positioned under the 12 o’clock position, instead of over the 6 o’clock position.
There is a white date aperture at the 3 o’clock position. And it also features a three function sub-dial, over the 6 o’clock position. The sub-dial has two hands and encapsulates a: sub-seconds at its center, followed by a 30-minute counter and its last outer ring has a 12-hour counter. The index hour markers on this timepiece are made up of a collection with 10 baguette-cut and 3 princess-cut diamonds, which total approximately .29 ct.
Patek Philippe Nautilus Chronograph
This “Patek Philippe Nautilus Chronograph” (Ref#: 5976/1G) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber CH 28-520 C, with 34 jewels, 370 components and 28,800 vph. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 55 hours, when fully wound. Mounted to the watch is an 18k white gold bracelet, secured by a double folding clasp. This is a limited edition of only 1,300 produced pieces and comes packaged in a vintage-style cork box just like the original 1976 Nautilus.
Patek Philippe Nautilus Time And Date
This “Patek Philippe Nautilus Time And Date” (Ref#: 5711/1P) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 324 SC, with 29 jewels, 294 components and 28,800 vph. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 45 hours, when fully wound. While the water-resistance remains similar to what it was forty year ago, with the ability to reach up to 120m (390 feet). Mounted to the watch is a platinum bracelet, secured by a double folding clasp. This is a limited edition of only 700 produced pieces and comes packaged in a vintage-style cork box just like the original 1976 Nautilus.
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