An iconic luxury sports replica watch by any measure, the Nautilus is 40 years old this year. Famously designed by Gerald Genta on a napkin, the Nautilus first came to market in 1976 as the “Jumbo” ref. 3700/1A. For the occasion Patek Philippe has created a pair of Nautilus wristwatches in precious metal that stick closely to the original style, but with some tweaks.
The Nautilus Ref. 5711/1P 40th Anniversary Limited Edition is entirely platinum – case and bracelet – making it an extremely hefty wristwatch.
A disc of solid 18k yellow gold, the dial is finished in dark blue with a striped, horizontal stamped guilloche that’s typical of the Nautilus. The baton hour markers are also 18k gold Patek Philippe Replica Watches and set with baguette-cut diamonds; the total weight of all 12 diamonds is about 0.34 carats. At six o’clock two lines of embossed text announce the occasion with “40” followed by “1976-2016” below.
Measuring 49.25mm in diameter including the crown, or 44mm from corner to corner of the bezel, the ref. 5976/1G is essentially an enlarged version of the original Nautilus chronograph ref. 5980. The ref. 5980 and its successor, the Patek Philippe Replica Nautilus Travel Time ref. 5990, are both only 40.5mm from one corner of the bezel to the other.
To accompany the larger case, the chronograph register at six o’clock has been proportionately enlarged, making the three elapsed time tracks easier to read. The outermost track counts the hours, then the minutes in the inner two tracks.
The Patek Philippe Nautilus Replica Swiss Movement chronograph in white gold has a dial made of brass and coated dark blue, and finished with the model’s trademark horizontal stamping.