For investors and seasoned luxury watch collectors, Patek Philippe Nautilus is a Holy Grail. Due to its extremely limited production, customers have to wait many years to acquire a brand-new Nautilus from the venerable Geneva manufacture after booking. Because of this reason, it remains a hot favorite in the secondary market.
Introduced in 1976, Nautilus can be considered as the epitome of casual elegance. It belongs to the exclusive luxury sports watch category formulated in the early 1970s. The torchbearer of this premium segment was the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak. Interestingly, the legendary Swiss luxury watch designer Gerald Genta was the creative genius behind Royal Oak and Nautilus.
Nicknamed Jumbo, the first-ever Patek Philippe Nautilus watch (3700/1A) was introduced in 1976. This model was discontinued in 1990. In the early 1980s, Patek Philippe progressively expanded this casual elegant collection by adding a medium (3800/1A) varaint and a ladies’ (4700/1A) version. In 1998, a new Jumbo model (3710/1A) with winding zone indicator IZR was launched. In 2004, the brand launched the white gold model 3711/1A. Debuted in 2005, the reference 3712/1A was the first Nautilus with a power-reserve indicator, moon phase, and analog date. All these references were discontinued in 2006.
n 2006, to mark the 30th anniversary of this legendary series, Patek Philippe revised the prized collection by introducing new generation models like Ref. 5711/1 A with 43mm steel case, Ref. 5800/1 A with 38.4mm steel case, the Nautilus 5712 featuring small seconds, power-reserve indicator, date and moon phase and the Nautilus Chronograph 5980/1 A.
In 2009, two gracious Lady Nautilus models (7010/1 and 7011/1) were introduced. In 2010, the Maison included two new Nautilus Chronograph references: 5980R-001 in 18K rose gold and 5980/1A-014 in steel. Launched in 2014, the Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph Ref. 5990/1A replaced the Nautilus Chronograph Ref. 5980/1A.
In 2016, the Geneva watch manufacture celebrated the 40th anniversary of the distinguished Nautilus family by unveiling a Platinum (Ref. 5711/1P) version and an 18-carat white gold Nautilus Chronograph Ref. 5976/1G. In 2018, Ref. 5740/1G-001 Nautilus Perpetual Calendar (the first Grand Complication in the Nautilus Collection) was introduced. In 2019, Patek Philippe unveiled the Nautilus Annual Calendar with Moon Phases (Ref. 5726/1A-014). In 2021, Patek Philippe expanded this extraordinary collection by including four new models.
New Nautilus Models 2021
During the Watches and Wonders Geneva 2021 luxury watch event, Patek Philippe presented four new interpretations of its casual elegant wristwatch collection. The brand also announced that 2021 is the last production year of the stainless steel model 5711/1A.
Patek Philippe launched a totally new Stainless steel Nautilus watch with an eye-catching olive green sunburst dial. The new version with a diamond-set bezel also has the same dial color. The Geneva Maison also unveiled a Rose Gold Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph with a blue sunburst dial and a new Nautilus Haute Joaillerie watch with a full diamond pavé setting.
1. Nautilus Ref. 5711/1A-014
One of the most sought-after Nautilus references, the 5711/1A was originally introduced in 2006 with a 43mm diameter stainless steel case and a blue, black gradated dial. An ultimate collectors’ piece, this casual elegant automatic watch boasts the hour, minute and centre seconds hands for displaying the time and a date window at 3H. The premium Swiss brand added a stainless steel variant with a silvery white dial in 2012. A Patek Philippe Nautilus rose gold version with a brown, black gradated dial was launched in 2015.
The brand-new stainless steel reference joined in 2021 features a captivating dial in olive green shade for the first time in the Nautilus collection. Perfectly harmonized with the gleam of steel case, the sun-brushed dial highlights the emblematic horizontally embossed décor. It also hosts a date window at 3H. Its luminescent hands and hour markers in white gold amply provide excellent legibility around the clock. The innovative and technically superior self-winding caliber 26-330 S C can be admired through the sapphire crystal case back.
2. Nautilus Ref. 5711/1300A-001
This new reference in stainless steel features a diamond-set bezel adorned with a gleaming row of 32 flawless Top Wesselton baguette diamonds (~3.6 ct.). These sparkling, trapezoidal-shaped diamonds perfectly harmonize the octagonal bezel with the rounded corners. Like the Ref. 5711/1A-014, it has a sunburst olive-green dial. Visible through the sapphire crystal case back is the self-winding caliber 26-330 SC, which powers hour, minute, second and date functions.
3. Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph Ref. 5990/1R-001
The Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph (Ref. 5990) incorporates a flyback chronograph, two time zones and an analog date at 12 o’clock synchronized with local time. Debuted in 2014 with a stainless steel case, this ultimate traveler’s wristwatch is now available in a rose gold version. The new reference has a 40.5mm diameter case in 18 carat rose gold and a horizontally embossed blue sunburst dial featuring luminescent coated, rose gold hour markers and hands.
Powering this highly technical Patek Philippe watch is the CH 28-520 C FUS automatic winding movement. This exceptional mechanical calibre is visible through the sapphire crystal case back. In addition to the sophisticated flyback chronograph mechanism, the innovative dual time-zone function is extremely useful for globetrotters and global entrepreneurs. The watch has two hour hands: a pierced hand for displaying home time and a solid hand for local time. The additional time zone can be selected by using “+” and “-” pushers in the case flank at 9 o’clock. These pushers move the local-time hand forward or backward in one-hour steps. Throughout the procedure, the pierced hand continues to show the home time. The watch has two day/night indicators with LOCAL and HOME inscriptions.
4. Nautilus Haute Joaillerie
In 2021, Patek Philippe unveiled two new Nautilus Haute Joaillerie references: 7118/1450R-001(rose gold) and Ref. 7118/1450G (white gold). Each of these new high jewelry ladies’ wristwatches is bejeweled with 2553 flawless Top Wesselton brilliant-cut diamonds (~12.69 ct). It boasts diamond snow-setting on the case, the bezel, and the bracelet. The characteristic undulated-relief dial of this Patek Philippe Nautilus ladies watch is adorned with individual rows of precious stones. Meticulously finished, the self-winding caliber 324 S movement is visible through the sapphire-crystal case back.
Typically, the Patek Philippe Singapore price for entry-level collections approximately starts at S$ 15,000. Depending upon the material, rarity, complexity and gem-setting, the Patek Philippe watch price can reach up to several million dollars. The Patek Philippe Nautilus price range is about S$ 35,000 to S$ 500,000.
The retail price of the new stainless steel Nautilus with green dial in Singapore is approximately S$ 46,000 and its bezel-set version costs around S$ 125,000. The rose gold Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph carries a price tag of around S$ 140,000. The most expensive creations among the new Nautilus 2021 collection are the Haute Joaillerie references. Available in rose and white gold versions, each of these high jewellery watches has a retail price above S$ 480,000.
Although these new models boast their own distinct characteristics, some signature features unite them under the Nautilus series. For example, they steadfastly maintain an impressive 120 meters water resistance just like all Nautilus models. All of them are equipped with integrated bracelets that ensure seamless fitting along with a comfortable wrist experience. Elaborate finishing and technical ingenuity are the two major aspects of the mechanical movements that drive Nautilus watches. All the new references are equipped with self-winding calibers, and sapphire crystal case back allows the viewer to admire these painstaking crafted horological mechanisms.