On the 40th anni of the iconic Nautilus, Patek Philippe Introduces 2 Limited Editions
The Nautilus wristwatch from Patek Philippe was introduced in 1976 as the 1st sports watch for the brand in its 137-year history. It was the brainchild of Philippe Stern, then an executive at his father’s brand, and now, in Y 2016, its owner. He was an avid sailor who liked to compete in regattas on Lake Geneva.
With designer Gérald Genta, Mr. Stern created the big, forceful Nautilus with his maritime pursuits in mind, the case outline is meant to echo the 2-part seal of a porthole on an ocean liner, and the alternating matte and gloss steel finishes were intended to impart a sense of casual ruggedness. Some say the bracelet reminds them of a mollusk, as well.
It was viewed as super at the time, since, at $3,100, it was expensive for a steel timepiece, a bit more than $13,000 in today’s money.
No surprise that in the years since, the watch has become a beloved star in the Patek lineup, and this year, to honor its 40th Anniversary, the brand is releasing 2 Limited Edition versions for collectors.
The 1st is the Ref. 5711/1P, which boasts a solid platinum bracelet and case and diamond baguette markers. The familiar blue grooved dial is stamped with the Anniversary mark (reading 1976–2016) and there is a diamond embedded on the inside of the bezel at 6 o’clock. Just 700 will be made, and will retail at $113,400.
It comes in a Cork box, inspired by the packaging of the original Nautilus watches from Y 1976.
The 2nd watch is the white gold 5976/1G is an automatic flyback chronograph with a 60-min and 12-hour monocounter at 6 o’clock, it is 44 mm across.
The markers here are diamond, and the dial is also stamped with the 4th Anniversary mark. Patek will make 1,300 of these, and they will retail for $96,390.
The debut of these new watches in precious metals underscores that the Nautilus is the Top Tier.
Patek believes that its fans will be quick to buy up these Limited Edition examples.
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