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Patek Philippe NAUTILUS 5711/1A
WRIST ICONS BRINGS THE MOST ICONIC WATCH OF WATCHMAKING.
Gerald Genta produced many icons. The Audemars Piquet Royal Oak and the Patek Philippe are his best designs. Nowadays it is almost impossible to get your hands on a 5711 especially in the most desired configuration: stainless steel with a blue dial.
What is this model:
The Patek Philippe Ref 5711/1A debuted in 2006 to mark the 30th anniversary of the Nautilus. It was an instant hit with collectors and as you can see, has continued on an upward trajectory ever since. The distinctive porthole-shaped 40mm case is slightly larger than the original (+1mm). It measures just 8.3mm thick. An octagonal-shaped bezel frames the horizontally embossed black blue or silvery white dial. Baton-shaped hour markers white gold are treated with luminescent coating. Ditto for the central hour and minute hands. The date appears in a window at 3 o’clock.
History of the Patek Philippe Nautilus
Gerald Genta designed some real great watches in the 1970s. He created a new marker segment, the luxury sport watch made of stainless steel. Before watches were divided into two groups, toolwatches and dress watches.
If we look closer at the concept of sports watches of the 1950s and 1960s, most of them were in fact purpose built. They were dive watches, chronographs or pilot watches. However, they were not meant to be luxurious timepieces, fashion icons or an external sign of wealth (of course, consider this a generality.
His watches were really balanced and some of hist best designs had an integrated bracelet.
The inspiration for the Patek Philippe Nautilus struck Genta while he was having dinner at the restaurant of a hotel: the porthole, as found on transatlantic ocean liners. Gerald Genta stated that he saw executives from Patek Philippe sitting in a corner of the dining hall while he was sitting alone in the other corner. From his words, it took him 5 minutes to sketch the watch that would become the icon we look at today – romanced or not, the design process at that time was definitely shorter and purer than now.
On the reverse, a sapphire caseback reveals the manufacture Caliber 324 SC inside. This self-winding movement incorporates several of Patek Philippe’s innovations. These include the four-spoke Gyromax® balance wheel and its slotted poising weights. And the Spiromax® balance- spring in Silinvar® that maintains the oscillations at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour. Equipped with a Central rotor in 21K gold, the movement offers a maximum power reserve of 45 hours. The finishing is also above reproach. Côtes de Genève, circular graining, bevelled steel parts and bridges. This movement is adorned with the Patek Philippe seal for good reason.The movement gives a nod to classicism all parts are really well finished to the highest standard of Swiss watchmaking:
* Bridges are finished with Côtes de Genève stripes
* Mainplate is finished with circular graining
* Edges of bridges are beveled
* Wheel spokes are beveled
* Screw heads are polished
* Interior angles of the balance cock are beveled and polished
* Steel parts (cock bridge, rotor bridge) are mirror polished
* Micro-rotor is guilloche
Design dial and case
With the rounded octagonal shape of its bezel, the ingenious porthole construction of its case, and its horizontally embossed dial, the Nautilus has epitomized the elegant sports watch since 1976. Forty years later, it comprises a splendid collection of models for men and women. In steel, rose gold, white gold or two-tone combinations they accompany the most active lifestyles with incomparable class.
When it was introduced in 1976, it was supposed to be a maritime lifestyle luxury watch for wealthy men and their family members who spent time boating or living by the sea. Genta pulled in design cues such as boat portholes for the design of the bezel and flanks, and the horizontal lines on the dial are meant to resemble teak wood boat decks. Not only was the starkly contrasting brushed and polished finishing on the case common practice for other watches produced at the time, but it was also evocative of the metal hardware of a yacht deck.
This particular watch has been checked by our watchmaker before the sale and it keeps good time. It will come with box and papers. Please contact us if you would like to have a special request concerning this watch.
As with all of our pre-owned watches this watch comes with a full 12 month warranty with ourselves that will be invoked from the day of purchase.