Today, Patek Philippe revealed two 40th anniversary limited edition versions of their famous Nautilus timepiece, paying homage to the original that was launched 40 years ago (1976).
The Nautilus Ref. 5711/1P 40th Anniversary Limited Edition comes in a 40 mm diameter platinum case and the Nautilus Chronograph Ref. 5976/1G 40th Anniversary Limited Edition comes in a 44 mm diameter white gold case.
There is no stainless steel model announced at this time, which is somewhat odd considering that at the time, the Gerald Genta-designed Royal Oak and Nautilus models, were unconventional in their use of stainless steel cases.
Interestingly, the dials on the two limited editions feature a unique embossed text pertaining to the 40th anniversary, and diamond hour markers. The 5711/1P has an 18K yellow gold dial with a sunburst decoration that is coated with blue PVD and embossed with “40 1976–2016” at 6 o’clock. And 12 applied baton hour markers in 18K white gold with baguette diamonds (total weight approx. 0.34 karat). The 5976/1G also has a sunburst dial with a blue PVD coating, and it is embossed with “1976 – 40 – 2016” at 12 o’clock. Its 12 applied hour markers are in 18K white gold with baguette and princess-cut diamonds (total weight approx. 0.29 karat).
Both watches are powered by existing movements. The in-house manufactured caliber 324 S C, with a frequency of 4Hz, 213 parts, 29 jewels, and a power reserve of 45 hours drives ref. 5711/1P. And caliber CH 28-520 C, which also beats at 4Hz, and has 327 parts, 35 jewels, and a power reserve of 55 hours, drives ref. 5976/1G.
The time only Nautilus Ref. 5711/1P, is available in a limited edition of 700 pieces for a retail of $113,400; and the Nautilus Chronograph Ref. 5976/1G, is available in a limited edition of 1,300 pieces for a retail of $96,390.
Photos by Patek Philippe.