In 2016, Patek Philippe fake is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its now iconic Nautilus collection. To mark the occasion, today Patek has unveiled not one but two limited-edition Nautilus 40th Anniversary models: a Nautilus 5711/1P limited to 700 pieces (retail price of $113,400), and a Nautilus Chronograph 5976/1G limited to 1300 pieces (price $96,390). We will focus now on the 5711/1P. But first a quick recap. A look back to 1976 not only shows how quickly and dramatically the world has changed since then but also illustrates how well the Nautilus has stayed its course across four decades in terms of design, dependability, and popularity. From the Nautilus 3700/1A to today:
The Nautilus replica Ref. 5711/1P 40th Anniversary is magnificent in many ways. It has a platinum case, an exclusive choice of metal for Patek often used for special editions such as this. It is also interesting as the original Nautilus of 1976 was of course a stainless steel model. The new 5711/1P is is obviously reminiscent of the original Nautilus Ref. 3700/1A, but also suggests the subtle evolution of the model line during the past 40 years. With a width of 44 mm (including the crown 40mm from 10 o’clock to 4 o’clock), the new Ref. 5711 is a rather large watch. But 40 years ago, this also applied to the Ref. 3700/1A, which – although 2 mm narrower – was so large in its time that it was nicknamed “Jumbo”. 2 millimeters, as little as it may seem, makes a big difference on the wrist, and is thus an important acknowledgement by Patek Philippe’s replica watch creation department that proportions have changed (a little ;-)) in the past decades.