The collection that has been most successful over time is certainly the one relating to the Nautilus models, a model born from the genius of Gerald Genta in about 1970.
Today we are going to examine this timepiece in more detail, which over time has become, together with the Rolex Daytona, the most coveted, appreciated and requested watch by the high-end watch-loving public.
We will look at its history, its price, the models in the catalog made of different materials such as steel, rose gold, and white gold, as well as the world of used watches and replicas.
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- 1 History
- 2 Patek Philippe Nautilus Prices
- 3 The Most Important Models of the Patek Philippe Nautilus
- 3.1 Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712 / 1A DATE, MOON PHASES
- 3.2 Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711 / 1A – DATE
- 3.3 Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711 / 1R – Rose Gold
- 3.4 Patek Philippe Nautilus 5726A – Leather Strap
- 3.5 Patek Philippe Nautilus 5726-1A-014 – Steel
- 3.6 Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980 / 1R CHRONOGRAPH
- 3.7 Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980 / 1AR – Steel / Rose Gold
- 3.8 Patek Philippe Nautilus 5990/1A NAUTILUS TRAVEL TIME CHRONOGRAPH – GMT
- 3.9 Patek Philippe Nautilus 5990 / 1R GMT
- 3.10 Patek Philippe Nautilus 5740 / 1G PERPETUAL CALENDAR
- 3.11 Patek Philippe Nautilus 5719 / 10G – Diamond Pavers
- 3.12 Patek Philippe Nautilus 7118 / 1200A – Women
- 3.13 Patek Philippe Nautilus 7118 / 1A – Ladies’ Watch
- 4 Patek Philippe Nautilus Pre-owned
- 5 Patek Philippe Nautilus Replica
- 6 Final Opinions on the Patek Philippe Nautilus
The Nautilus has a very ambiguous history because in its first version (in the 70s), this model was initially proposed to Piaget, but was “discarded”. Later, it was taken into consideration by Patek Philippe and its long history began from there.
Its creator, as now recognized, was Gerald Genta, who at that time was in full artistic expansion as he designed the models of other brands that would later prove to be authentic successes – one of these was The Royal Oak by Audemars Piguet.
Its design and name are inspired by the novel “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea”, and it is a watch that was initially born as a diving sports watch suitable for marine excursions.
Its case or rather its shape is probably the most distinctive element, which gives the feeling of a very massive watch, hence the nickname “Jumbo”.
After decades of success, Patek Philippe decided in 2006 to renew its lines and features.
Patek Philippe Nautilus Prices
How much does a Patek Philippe Nautilus cost?
The cost of a Patek Philippe Nautilus belongs within a very high price range, starting from the basic models with a list price of about 30,000 dollars for models such as the 7118 / 1A NAUTILUS “LADIES AUTOMATIC”, while the more popular intermediate models such as the models 5711 / 1A, 5712-1A-001 and 5726 / 1A have prices ranging between 36,000 to 60,000 dollars.
Among the more expensive models, we find models made with precious materials or with inserts with precious stones such as diamonds – some examples are the models 5990-1R-001, 5740-1G-001, 5980-1R-001 with list costs that start from about 96,000 dollars up to 480,000 dollars.
It must be emphasized that the list prices may not be the real price of any piece currently on the market. In fact, some of the most popular models have seen their price double compared to the list price, by virtue of their scarcity and the difficulty in finding them.
It is no coincidence that steel models have higher prices than those made with more precious materials such as yellow gold or white gold.
The Most Important Models of the Patek Philippe Nautilus
Now that we know this highly requested classy Swiss watch better, we just have to examine the catalog with all the models available to choose from. This collection is very varied for both men and women, with different materials available such as steel, yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, and platinum.
But let’s start immediately to look at the first model:
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712 / 1A DATE, MOON PHASES
This model is one of the most popular Patek Philippe Nautilus models because of its clean design, and it is suitable for any eventuality, thanks to the fact that it is made of steel.
From your first glance at the dial, you notice the presence of a complication that is rarely found on wristwatches and that is the moon phases, all on an ocean-colored dial.
The dial also shows the power reserve of the 240 PS IRM C LU automatic movement, another distinctive feature of this model.
The case has a diameter of 40mm and is made of steel, the same material used for the strap.
List price: 48,000 dollars
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711 / 1A – DATE
Another very interesting model is the 5711 / 1A – DATE. Less complicated than the previous one and more sober, this also affects the price, and it is accessible at a lower cost.
The green dial is characterized by the presence of hour, minute and second hands as well as a small date window at 3 o’clock, all covered with a sapphire crystal.
Its water resistance reaches a depth of 120 meters or 12 bars of pressure, making it a watch also suitable to be worn for marine excursions.
An interesting feature is its transparent caseback, with which it is possible to admire the mechanical movement in operation, one of the most beautiful in circulation.
List price: 36,000 dollars
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711 / 1R – Rose Gold
We have talked so far about models made of steel, but there are also models like this, made of rose gold, a very precious and very eye-catching material, ideal for those who do not want to go unnoticed.
The rounded octagonal case with a diameter of 40mm is made of rose gold, while the dial has a brown color tending to chocolate – a successful combination of colors, given the impression it gives at first glance.
The strap is perfectly integrated into the design of the case, creating very uniform lines, which are never angular, combined with a folding clasp closure that makes it comfortable to wear.
List price: 61,300 dollars
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5726A – Leather Strap
In the Nautilus collection, we can also find models made with a leather strap, ideal for a more elegant style and for greater comfort on the wrist, as well as having a lower weight.
The 5726A model features a silver-colored steel case and a black leather strap.
The dial is characterized by the presence of several additional complications, such as moon phases, and annual, monthly and weekly calendars – characteristics that make it one of the most intricate models in circulation.
List price: 46,000 dollars
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5726-1A-014 – Steel
Among the most requested and difficult-to-find models is the model 5726-1A-014, which features a steel case and strap and a shaded blue dial.
The thickness of only 11mm makes it very comfortable on the wrist, thanks to the 40.5mm diameter of the case, while at 3 o’clock we find a crown with protection engraved with the brand logo, with which it is possible to set the mechanical movement 324 S QA LU 24H / 303. The movement is characterized by 347 components and is visible through the transparent caseback.
List price: 53,450 dollars
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980 / 1R CHRONOGRAPH
If you are looking for a luxury watch with a chronograph function, the 5980 / 1R model from the Nautilus collection is one of the most interesting and famous models that you could consider.
The black dial is characterized by the presence of gold indexes with luminescent coating, in addition to the complication for the date window at 3 o’clock and the chronograph complication at 6 o’clock.
Everything is enclosed in a case made of brushed rose gold, which gives it a very robust and full-bodied style.
The price is one of the highest in the collection but it is justified by the materials it is made from, and the functions provided.
List price: 894,770 dollars
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980 / 1AR – Steel / Rose Gold
This particular model immediately stands out for the character of the case. It is in fact unlike all the other models, as the case of this model is made of two different materials: steel for the base and rose gold for the upper part, in the bezel specifically.
The three-link strap is also characterized by the same feature, with the central part made of rose gold.
This gives it a very flashy style and it is ideal to be worn visibly on your wrist.
The color of the dial is also distinctive: we are talking about a dégradé blue which varies the spectrum of colors, according to the reflection of the light.
List price: 74,240 dollars
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5990/1A NAUTILUS TRAVEL TIME CHRONOGRAPH – GMT
The Patek Philippe Nautilus 5990 / 1A model is one of the most advanced models in the catalog, with multiple functions and complications. For example:
- Flyback chronograph
- 60 minute counter
- Dual time zone / GMT
- Day / night indication
These are all features that distinguish it from the models of other brands, making it one of the most interesting watches in the range of expensive watches.
Its style is very classic, with a steel case and strap and black dial. This makes it suitable for daily use – also bearing in mind the functions included – for both leisure and business occasions.
List price: 61,300 dollars
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5990 / 1R GMT
Another model similar to the previous one, this time however with a more elegant and eye-catching style, given the use of rose gold for both case and strap, in addition to the sunburst blue color of the dial.
It has the same advanced features, thanks to the CH 28‑520 C FUS movement – a movement with a power reserve ranging between 45/55 hours.
If you are looking for a high-class watch with no expense spared, this model is definitely one of the options to consider.
List price: 112,140 dollars
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5740 / 1G PERPETUAL CALENDAR
Among the more complex models, we cannot fail to mention the 5740 / 1G, which has a perpetual calendar at 6 o’clock, one of the most advanced in the sector.
The perpetual calendar is not the only complication on the dial, in fact we also find the annual and weekly calendar at 9 and 3 o’clock, in addition to the indications of 24 combined with the classic 12 hours.
Another noteworthy feature is its ultra-thin 240 Q movement that brings the thickness of the watch to just 8.42 mm, a real record by virtue of the features provided.
This makes it easy to wear and not bulky, characteristics that should not be underestimated when we talk about automatic watches of a certain weight.
List price: 144,240 dollars
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5719 / 10G – Diamond Pavers
The Nautilus 5719 / 10G is a watch reserved only for a small circle of people, given that its cost has 5 zeros. Nevertheless, the price is justified by the presence of several stones set, to be precise 1,343 diamonds: ~ 18.73 ct.
Underneath all this glitz lies a white gold case with a diameter of 40mm, while the thickness is 8.7mm.
It can be considered a women’s watch, even if more and more often, men’s watches are receiving requests to set precious stones. This is especially the case for the showbiz personality, so this does not therefore prohibit its use on a male wrist.
List price: about 480,000 dollars
Patek Philippe Nautilus 7118 / 1200A – Women
We have talked so far about watches purely intended for the male wrist, but the Patek Philippe Nautilus is a watch model intended for the female wrist, thanks to a series of models in the catalog.
The 7118 / 1200A model is one of these; we are talking about a model with a case with a diameter of about 35mm, ideal for the female wrist, and made of steel.
In addition to the smaller diameter, compared to the male models it also differs thanks to the presence on the bezel of hand-set diamonds, a touch that makes it a jewel in all respects, even before being considered a watch.
If you are a woman, you can opt for this watch, or alternatively it can be given to your partner.
List price: 38,430 dollars
Patek Philippe Nautilus 7118 / 1A – Ladies’ Watch
If you are looking for a women’s watch but with a more sober style without diamonds, you could opt for the 7118 / 1A model, made with a steel case and strap and blue dial.
An ideal watch to be worn both for daily use and for an evening out with an elegant dress, thanks also to its small size.
The price is among the lowest in the collection, thus making it a great purchase option if you are looking for a Patek Philippe Nautilus.
List price: 30,310 dollars
Patek Philippe Nautilus Pre-owned
Being very expensive watches, the Patek Philippe Nautilus range is not accessible to all buyers. Nevertheless, it is possible to opt for used or second-hand models; on average they have lower costs than new ones and you can also opt for vintage models, whose costs are significantly lower than those currently in production.
Some examples are the Patek Philippe Nautilus 4700, 3900 / 1JA-001 or 4700/2 models that can be purchased at a price below 18,000 DOLLARS.
If you intend to buy a used Patek Philippe Nautilus, you must be very careful not to come across fakes or models with overestimated costs. In order to avoid this, the help of an expert may be the best choice.
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Patek Philippe Nautilus Replica
Like all luxury watches, the Patek Philippe Nautilus is also subject to counterfeits or replicas by expert counterfeiters, so it is important during the purchase phase to carefully evaluate all the distinctive features of the watch in order to be sure not to run into scams through the purchase of a fake.
There are also replicas for those who are spontaneously looking for a non-original watch, the costs of which can vary between 360-480-600-1200 dollars. Many sites sell this much sought-after timepiece, but we must be extremely wary of running into scams.
Final Opinions on the Patek Philippe Nautilus
We have looked in detail at the history, prices, models and the world of second-hand and replicas. The Patek Philippe Nautilus is undoubtedly one of the most appreciated and best successful luxury watches, which has led it to be constantly in demand. It is important to point out that it can increase its value over time, making it an investment in all respects.
Buying a Patek Philippe Nautilus is therefore not only the realization of your own dream but also offers the possibility of getting hold of a great watch without suffering a devaluation over time.
This is why currently the Patek Philippe Nautilus, together with the Rolex Daytona, are the watches on which you should focus all your efforts if you want to buy a luxury watch.