Patek Phillippe, world famous luxury watchmakers, have just released a special treat for their Nautilus fans. Two new watches are being introduced in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Ref 5711/1P model and the Ref 5976/1G model. What makes them so special is that each are limited edition releases that are certain to become collector's items that increase with value over time.
Phillippe Stern followed in his father's footsteps designing and building high quality luxury Swiss watches for the family business. He thoroughly enjoyed sailing and competing on Lake Geneva regattas. This gave him inspirationto develop a Patek Philippe watch that would be suitable for sports related activities. The Nautilus watch was introduced to the world in 1976. He crafted the Nautilus to be a masculine reflection of his love for maritime activities and fashioned it after patterns that are reminiscent of excursions at sea. It was also the world's first luxury sports watch of its' kind.
At the time that the Nautilus was created, Stern was an executive with the company. He has since that time became the owner and continues in the luxury traditions that were begun a hundred and thirty seven years ago. The Nautilus was his own invention based upon his personal requirements and preferences. He knew precisely what seafaring sportsmen would be looking for in a luxury watch that would be fit for use when engaging in any type of water related activities.
Design of the Nautilus
The case outline features a porthole like design with a two part seal along with gloss and matte finishes to give the watch a rugged and casual look. He beveled the edges of the bracelet to mimic the appearance of a mollusk for a subtle oceanic themed detail that a true seaman would detect and appreciate. It was expensive, but the luxury sports watch offered special features that could not be found anywhere else. The inflated price tag may have deterred some but for others, it was a mark of elegance, prestige and success in addition to being stylish and highly functional for the sports minded man. It quickly found favor within its intended audience and became an iconic watch that demands a repeat performance for 2016.
Collectors will be thrilled with the two new releases of the Nautilus which are being issues with limited editions available for purchase. The fortieth anniversary of the Nautilus is the perfect time for their appearance.
The Ref. 5711/1P Specifications and details
This new version is created with a special anniversary stamped inscription that commemorates the special release with "40 1976-2016." It is made with solid platinum materials for the case and bracelet. It features diamond baguette markers with the traditional dial that is grooved and blue in color. Here is where you find the anniversary stamp. You'll also notice that a small diamond has been inserted inside of the bezel marking six o clock.
Price and availability
Only seven hundred of the Ref. 5711/1P watches are to be made. The retail price will be $113, 400.00. They will be sold with a cork box which has an old fashioned vintage appearance quite similar to the original boxes which were provided with the first nautilus watches in 1976.
The 5976/1G Patek Philippe
The second version of the new Nautilus release is decidedly different than the first. It features white gold instead of solid platinum and offers a few other traits which are a departure from the first. The watch is an automatic flyback chronograph. It sports a sixty minute and twelve hour monocounter at 6 o clock. This feature is inspired by the ref 5980, although this version is larger in size. The 5976 is forty four mm across. It does have the same diamond design for the markers and also features the anniversary stamp in the dial. This version of the Nautilus is slated for a total of thirteen hundred total time pieces for a limited edition production.
Price and availability
The retail cost of the 5976 comes in a little lower than the 5711 with a cost of $96,390.00. It will also sport the vintage cork box that is reminiscent of the 1976 original Nautilus packaging.
No other brands compare with Patek Philippe
There was an attempt recently made by the rival Piaget watchmakers to develop a luxury watch that was similar to the Nautilus. It was made from stainless steel and came with a lower price tag. It was called the Polo S and although there were similarities in appearance, this is where the comparison becomes one sided. True Nautilus fans are fond of the luxury materials that are used in the construction of Patek Philippe time pieces and if the truth is being told, there is only one watch maker that can craft a remake of the amazing Nautilus to perfection. Precious metals are more in vogue with sportsmen and avid collectors who have discriminating tastes and are after a dyed in the wool genuine article. Other watchmakers may in fact produce some of the finest pieces in the world, but imitations of this timeless icon, particularly those which rely on departures from the best materials and maintaining luxury standards cannot come close to delivering the goods for collectors and sophisticants.
The two new versions of the Patek Philippe Nautilus are sure to be welcomed additions to the line of luxury watches that has become a global favorite. We believe that as they hit the market and are available for acquisition, they will go fairly quickly. It isn't often that these rare opportunities occur and with forty years in between limited editions of this firmly established favorite, we believe that the quantities will be scooped up rather quickly. You may see an edition for sale by private collectors in the future, but if you have your heart set upon either of these rare beauties, you'd better move quickly before they're all gone.
Written by Garrett Parker
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