What makes Patek Philippe’s Nautilus 5711/1A so desirable?
We think we’ve mentioned a few times that the Nautilus 5711/1A is one of our favourite watches of all time. It’s right up there with the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak.
The Patek Philippe Ref 5711/1A debuted in 2006 to mark the 30th anniversary of the Nautilus. It was an instant hit with collectors.
But just why is it so sought-after? We say, the reason is that Patek Philippe watches aren’t like those from other luxury brands.
The attention to detail that goes into creating each and every model is exquisite - craftsmanship to be admired, indeed, and with 175 years of history in making these beautiful timepieces, we’d expect nothing less.
So let’s take a look at just why it’s on so many wishlists...
Brad Pitt, Victoria Beckham and Ellen DeGeneres are among the celebrity fans of this stunning steel watch but you can bet your bottom dollar that they didn’t sit on the eight-year waiting list to get their hands on one.
New watches go to carefully vetted clients who gained places on the waiting list thanks to longstanding relationships with the Swiss watchmaker.
And while these have all been posted countless times on social media, the surge of this beauty only mirrors the popular culture profile of the watch.
With other watches available in white gold and platinum and even diamond-encrusted, why would anyone pick a steel watch?
Even Patek Philippe’s president, Thierry Stern, admitted that of the 140 models made, the basic steel is just one and that the brand had so many more complicated or beautiful watches to choose from.
Patek had decided steel watches were the future in luxury watches and they were right, as many brands went on to mirror the popular metal in watchmaking.
Simple yet classic and so understated, yet oozing sophistication.
Many people would agree that if you could only own one watch, the Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref 5711/1A would have to be it. You can wear it for any occasion with a suit and tie - or dress it down with a T shirt and jeans - or even swimming shorts. Water resistant to 120m, the blue dial is incredible.
Our favourite thing is the large 40mm size but the extremely thin dimensions makes the sporty appeal of the watch much more refined.
For sure, the Nautilus is considered a safe bet when it comes to investment as it will certainly maintain its value - or even increase.
For those lucky enough to own this model, Luxe Watches would strongly advise you to hold onto your watch and ride out the Coronavirus period as few commercial watches are being bought at this time. We don’t think the price will come down any time soon on this popular model.
A sapphire caseback reveals the manufacture Caliber 324 SC inside. This self-winding movement incorporates several of Patek Philippe’s charming innovations.
Back to the artistry of the watch - even the bezel is inspired by the porthole of a submarine and powered by automatic in-house movement.
Luxe Watches has an incredible range of new and pre-worn timepieces for sale online and at our Essex boutique. Contact us to arrange an appointment to view them today.