To mark 4 decades of its iconic collection Nautilus, the legendary Swiss watch manufacturer introduces two limited-edition Patek Philippe Nautilus 40th Anniversary timepieces. They reinforce world’s most prestigious watchmaker’s ability to keep pace with the times while preserving the key facets of a legend.
The original Nautilus Ref. 3700 was launched in steel in 1976 but was changing through years with different case metals, sizes, and dial designs: the midsize models Ladies’ Nautilus Ref. 4700/51J (1980) and Ref. 3800/1 and Ref. 3900/1 (1981), watches with Roman numerals (Ref. 3800/1JA) and the first model with a leather strap. The first complicated Nautilus Ref. 3710/1A was introduced in 1998, followed in 2005 by the Ref. 3712/1A, the pioneer model with a moon-phase display and a power-reserve indicator. The design of 30th anniversary’s models was slightly altered: the two-part case replaced by a three-part construction, and crowned with the launch of the Ref. 5980/1A self-winding flyback chronograph model. For years later, the Ref. 5726A Annual Calendar Nautilus with a leather strap and the first chronograph with a leather strap (Ref. 5980R) were introduced.
Patek Philippe Nautilus 40th Anniversary includes two models: the Ref. 5711/1P with the 40-mm platinum case, reminiscent of the original Nautilus Ref. 3700/1A “Jumbo” dating back to 1976, and the 44-mm Nautilus flyback chronograph Ref. 5976/1G, pays homage to 30th anniversary collection introduced in 2006. Both models feature a blue dial with diamond hour markers, the signature Nautilus embossed decor, and a discreet recessed anniversary logo. Each one comes in an anniversary box that also contains the Certificate of Origin and an anniversary document. Made of brown natural cork, the box is an authentic replica of the stylish 1976 original.
Limited to 700 models, the Nautilus Ref. 5711/1P 40th Anniversary features platinum case fitted with a flawless rare white Top Wesselton diamond (approx. 0.02 ct.) in the bezel above the lugs at 6 o’clock and the 18K gold dial. The watch is powered by the self-winding caliber 324 S C movement, with the components like Geneva striping for the bridges, chamfering and polishing for the edges, polishing for the sinks, circular graining for the gold rotor, perlage for the plate, and gold-filled engravings are handcrafted and visible through the sapphire-crystal case back.
The self-winding flyback chronograph Ref. 5976 in 18K white gold is being crafted in a limited edition of 1300 numbered watches. It features the proprietary chronograph movement CH 28-520 C, developed and crafted in-house and wound automatically by a heavy 21K gold central rotor.