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For watch companies, there is often a singular model that defines the whole brand. For Patek Philippe, that particular timepiece is the Nautilus. Created for the company by highly esteemed watch and jewelry designer Gerald Genta in the 1970s, the Nautilus has prevailed as a Patek Philippe favorite among watch connoisseurs. The design had an enduring appeal for decades and the make remains highly coveted by those in the know.
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Release date: 2016
The year 2016 marked the 40th anniversary of the Nautilus, a much anticipated event for the brand’s fans because of the possibility of a new Nautilus release. It was a wish granted because Patek Philippe launched not only one but two limited edition Nautilus watches—the Patek Philippe 5976/1G and the Patek Philippe 5711/1P. The former is a chronograph tastefully packaged in white gold, while the latter is in highly requested solid platinum.
- Movement: Automatic (self-winding)
- Caliber: CH 28-520C
- Case: White gold
- Case Shape: Cushion shaped
- Jewels: 35
- Bracelet :White Gold
- Dial Color: Blue set with baguettes diamonds
- Functions: Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Date, Chronograph
- Crystal Material: Sapphire Crystal
The much awaited Patek Philippe Nautilus operates with the company’s chronograph caliber CH 28-520C that has a power reserve of anywhere between 45 and 55. This in turn is replenished by its automatic winding rotor in 21k gold. As has been mentioned earlier, the 5976/1G is encased in white gold as compared to the 5711/1P’s platinum. In addition to the gold, the watch also features diamond indexes, but in this case the Nautilus keeps it from being flashy. The watch can be kept in pristine condition for a long time, owing to the sapphire crystal dial that is guaranteed to be scratch resistant. For a touch of the original, the limited edition watches also came in cork boxes that were similar to those issued during the first Nautilus.
The buzz was high when watch aficionados anticipated a new Nautilus from Patek Philippe, but many ended up being disappointed because of a few details that seemed over the top for the company and the collection. For starters, the watch is big and wide, occupying significant space on your wrist. Because of the white gold, it is also heavier than the 5711/1P, which can cause discomfort after a day-long of use. The anniversary stamp “1976–40–2016” on the dial has also confounded owners and onlookers alike as it looks out place on the fancy watch. The watch is limited to just 1,300 pieces, making them more difficult to acquire.
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