The name Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711 replica watch comes from the sea mollusc living in a shimmering coffee striped shell and the avant-garde submarine dreamt up by Jules Verne (1828-1905) in 1869 in Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea.
To celebrate its 40th anniversary, Patek Philippe has brought out a new limited edition timepiece in tribute to its big brother: Nautilus reference 5711/1P. Unlike the original whose 42mm (a large diameter at the time) steel case was in two parts, the Nautilus reference 5711/1P has a 950 platinum 44mm case in three parts. It houses the self-winding in-house 324 S C calibre fuelling the time and date functions and the 35-45 hour power reserve.
Philippe Stern, the son of owner Patek Philippe Henri Stern (1911-2002) and member of the management department at the time, designed a piece inspired by his passion for sailing in collaboration with the famous Patek Philippe copy watch designer Gérald Genta in 1976 (1931-2011). The steel watch makes quite a statement (lateral structures left and right of the case reminiscent of a porthole’s casing and a dial striped like a sailor’s top) enabling Patek Philippe to dive into the sports watch sector. The Nautilus has come in a wide array of versions since launching and was redesigned in 2006 for its 30th anniversary.
Wide embossed horizontal stripes in a sumptuous sea blue wash over the PVD-coated yellow gold dial. Twelve white gold markers paved with baguette-cut diamonds form the hour rim with two white gold baton-shape hands highlighted by a luminescent dash. A rhodium-plated bronze central seconds hand tracks the seconds whilst a black-on-white date lies in a silver bevelled display at 3.
The limited edition Swiss-made fake Patek Philippe Nautilus reference 5711/1P (700 available) bears the figures “40” and “1976-2016” (at 6) on the dial.