Since 1976, the Nautilus has embodied the elegant sports watch with its rounded octagonal bezel, innovative porthole construction, and horizontally engraved dial. It now has a magnificent collection of men’s and women’s models after forty years. In steel, rose gold, white gold, or two-tone combinations, they add unrivaled class to the most active lifestyles.
It has since become one of the brand’s most coveted timepieces. This model was critical to Patek Philippe’s overall marketing strategy because it needed to refresh the brand identity while maintaining tradition. Gerald Genta is renowned for his Royal Oak and Nautilus watches, but he has designed dozens of other timepieces, some of which have become icons. Genta got the idea for the Nautilus while eating dinner at a restaurant: the porthole, as seen on transatlantic cruise ships.
Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph 5990/1A
One of the notable Patek Philippe Nautilus watches is the Travel Time Chronograph Ref. 5990/1A. When it comes to Patek Philippe watches, this incredible timepiece offers a one-of-a-kind set of features. The self-winding movement combines a column-wheel flyback chronograph feature with a dual time function, which is implemented with two central hands and a couple of day/night indicators for the first time. It can only be modified in one-hour increments for both directions. The watch features the Nautilus line’s distinguishable design and is formed with a stainless steel case and bracelet with alternating finishes. Unlike the local time hour hand, which has a luminous coating, the home time hour hand is skeletonized and lacquered in white.
The dial’s symmetry is further improved by two opposed counters at the top and bottom of the dial for analog date display and Chrono 60 minutes, respectively. The black face of the watch bears typical Nautilus elements, such as a horizontal embossed motif that is slightly brighter in the center than on the periphery. The watch is water-resistant to 120 meters. Its stainless steel case has an unusual shape and measures 45.7 mm wide with the crown, 45.5 mm long, and 12.53 mm wide. Its front is guarded by a domed sapphire crystal surrounded by a fixed bezel with a satin finish and polished chamfering. The back of the housing is secured with four screws and features a sapphire skeletonized segment.
Split-Seconds Perpetual Calendar Titanium 5004T
This sporty timepiece features a highly polished 36.7mm titanium case, a distinct dial, and a matching bracelet. The watch’s prominent crown and push buttons give it a strong dose of contemporary sporty style. Besides that, the solid gold dial has an intriguing black checkerboard motif that resembles the bold appearance of carbon fiber. It has several features, such as a split-seconds chronograph and a perpetual calendar. A strong contrast between the black surface and the applied 18 karat white gold Arabic numerals, and other luminous indices, provides excellent legibility despite the large number of indicators arranged on a relatively small dial for a man’s timepiece. The 24-hour indicator is located on the same subdial as the small seconds at 9 o’clock. The 30-minute counter is located at the 3 o’clock position. The moon-phase indicator is located at 6 o’clock on the date subdial. And then, at 12 o’clock, there are two calendar windows. A sapphire crystal case-back completely reveals the mechanism. Its Caliber CHR 27-70Q hand-winding movement (based on the Lemania 2310 caliber) is combined with Patek Philippe’s perpetual calendar module as well as the brand’s authentic stylish touch.
Nautilus Annual Calendar Moonphase 5726/1a-001
The amazing watch is one of the most valuable complications for a mechanical watch. It’s simple to set up and low-maintenance, as you only need to adjust the calendar once every four years when there’s a leap year. It is adjusted using recessed micro-pushers on the case’s side and a small pen-shaped tool supplied by Patek Philippe. This watch has a double window for the day and month at the 12 o’clock position, just underneath the Patek Philippe logo wordmark, with the word Geneve displayed just beneath the day/month aperture. Its date window is at the 6 o’clock position. The dial has an incredibly clean layout that is both balanced and symmetrical on the grey radial gradient dial. The dial layout is given depth and dimension by the iconic horizontal lined guilloche pattern. Its appliqué hour markings are luminous and easy to see in low light. The octagonal case shape, which has become Gerald Genta’s signature, is one of the watch’s most notable characteristics. This watch has a truer-to-original size of 40.5mm, a case thickness of 11.30mm, and a water resistance of 120m/400ft thanks to its screw-down crown.
Patek Philippe has honed every facet of fine watchmaking, from the hand-winding two-hand watch to complex masterpieces with minute repeaters and split-seconds chronographs. It comes down to the fact that anything with such a rich history, innovation, high-quality craftsmanship, and exclusivity would be extremely valuable. It’s a distant idol to be revered. Patek Philippe has created a watch that is nothing short of incredible and holds its value exceptionally well with the Nautilus.