The Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711 is the hottest sports luxury watch of late. The stainless steel, blue gradient dial watch has a wait list of eight years in authorized dealers, but we’ve got one right here at SwissWatchExpo!
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Fresh from the Showcase here at SwissWatchExpo. We are now in the expert level, socially distance challenge. So let’s talk about some really cool watches that you hardly ever see in the marketplace. The Nautilus, these are watches that are extraordinarily popular and people are looking for everywhere. And a lot of people have a lot of questions about what makes this particular Nautilus so expensive. Sure. You can probably buy it for around $30,000 brand new for a steel watch. Probably one of the most expensive watches in the world in terms of secondary value for a steel watch. This watch has been around since 1976. We’ve talked about the design from Gerald Genta and how it came about in the past. But let’s talk about the fact that we actually have one of these watches in the 43 millimeter design, the most recent history since 2006, this particular watch it’s on my left is the most recent 5711.
We have, it is one of the most difficult watches in the world to get by far. And the interesting thing is, is that this particular watch does have the blue and black dial, as you would expect it to have. This is the portal design and in the ship lap form on the dial, it has the porthole design. The case is interesting on this watch because believe it or not, it’s actually three pieces that has a top middle and bottom layer on it. And the little ears that are on the side of the case here and here are actually from, if you imagine a ship’s window where it opens left, and right, these are the, these would be the hinges for those windows. So you have one side that opens to the outside, and then you have the latch here where the crown is. So a very interesting design because prior to 2006, this watch was actually a two piece design and it had a bottom layer that was all one piece.
So it had a case and the bottom layer, and then it had the top layer with the gasket around the bezel ring, where the top ears actually laid down on top of the watch. And it kind of, it almost looked like it snapped into position. So this is a really interesting watch and the way that it’s made, because it’s evolved a lot over time. And a lot of people don’t realize that in 1990, they had actually discontinued of the versions of the Nautilus. And I have that watch here on the right. This is the, 3800 series watch, which evolved from the 3700. This is actually a 37 and a half millimeter watch. And what I wanted to do today was actually show you because I have larger wrists. I wanted to show you what these watches look like, because a lot of folks have questions.
Why am I paying more for the 43 millimeter? Well, in 2006, when they went to the three-piece design from the two piece design, this watch went from a 42 millimeter to the 43 that we have now. What’s great about this watch is that it’s really, really thin compared to other sports watches like it. And the water resistance value is really great in combining that with the visual caseback that this particular watch has, you can see through the back the crystal case, caseback all the design of the Nautilus inside. It’s a really great watch. It’s really beautiful, but what’s wild is when you look at the rotating assembly inside that winds the watch it’s made out of gold, but it’s very, very thin. It almost defies imagination. It looks like wow. If it was, if it was weighted too heavily, it would actually bend. It just is.
It’s an enormously cool design because of the thinness of this particular watch. One of the other things that you’ll notice about the watch also is the bracelet and how it tapers. A lot of folks have the mistaken belief that this watch has a bracelet that actually stays the same width all the way down.
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