Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711 Review: What Sets it Apart?

Most watch collectors’ mouths water at the mention of the Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711 in Rose Gold (5711/1R-001). But is it worth the admiration? Here’s an unbiased verdict of it as well as its hits and misses to help you decide.

Verdict

The Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1R-001 is a delicate yet elegant masterpiece. It’s as functional as the steel version and equally popular due to its desirable material choice and impressive investment potential.

Hit

  • Its case size and tapering bracelet allow it to be worn by more people- big wrist or not.
  • It has a unisex appeal due to its beautiful Rose Gold build material.
  • It’s simple, therefore easy to use.

Miss

  • It’s made of malleable material, so it’s not fit for extreme sporting activity.
  • It leans more to the dress watch side rather than casual sports watch.
  • It comes off as too ‘in your face’ for the more discreet watch enthusiasts.

History of the Patek Philippe Nautilus

The Patek Philippe Nautilus, a maritime-inspired timepiece initially intended for wealthy families who spent time on boats, was designed by Swiss designer Gerald Genta in 1976. It was named after the submarine used by Captain Nemo in the French novel 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.

The watch borrowed many design cues from boats, such as portholes for the bezel and flanks, a polished steel case reminiscent of a yacht deck’s metal hardware, and horizontal lines on the dial to resemble teak wood boat decks.

The Patek Philippe Nautilus Jumbo

The first Patek Philippe ‘Jumbo’ (Patek Philippe Nautilus ref. 3700) was produced from 1998, with several variants such as the Patek Philippe Nautilus ref. 3700/1 and the Patek Philippe Nautilus ref. 3700/11. The Jumbo was followed by the Midsize Nautilus 3800, which had a smaller case size of 37.5mm and came in four series.

The Ref.3800/1JA and Aquanaut

In 1996, Patek Philippe introduced the ref. 3800/1JA and Patek Nautilus 5060/SJ, both featuring the use of gold on the Nautilus for the first time. The Nautilus 3710 came into production a year after the Aquanaut in a stylish steel porthole-design 42mm ‘Jumbo’ case, a matte black dial, and a power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock.

Nautilus Refs. 3711 and 3712 

The Nautilus 3711 and 3712, both with a 42mm case, followed with unique features such as a power reserve indicator and moon phase display with an analog date. The Nautilus 3712 also had a gradient blue dial, a tiny seconds subdial, and a sapphire caseback.

image of Nautilus Refs. 3711 and 3712

The Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711

Introduced in 2006 when the Nautilus was celebrating thirty years of existence, the popular reference 5711 was in production from 2006-2021 and first appeared in a three-part steel case with a 42.5mm width. 

It had a rich blue dial accentuated by horizontal lines and unique-looking hands. Additionally, it was powered by the Caliber 315 SC movement for the first two years of its life (2006 and 2007).

It was then powered by the automatic Caliber 324 SC movement from 2007 to 2019 and the Patek Caliber 26-330SC movement for the last two years of its life (2020 and 2021).

The Patek Philippe ref. 5711 came in an array of quality case materials, namely: Stainless steel, Rose Gold, and White Gold. It’s also available in an Olive Green dial. The 18k Rose Gold version was first introduced in Baselworld in 2015 and is our center of focus for this article.

Design and Features of the Nautilus Ref.5711 

Here’s a rundown of the iconic watch’s main attractions:

The Case

Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711 Case

The Nautilus 5711 has a revamped 40mm case with the collection’s trademark porthole design. Its ears were softened at the edges to amplify the bezel’s beautiful curves. 

This modern sports watch also has a bigger screw-down crown that’s flat so it doesn’t interfere with the timepiece’s overall look. Its size also allows it to seamlessly fill the uncomfortable space left by the previous models.

At the back is a sapphire caseback that amplifies the watch’s beauty and allows an ample peek at the eye-catching automatic movement as it works to keep the timepiece alive.

The perfect harmony between the ears and bezel is a satisfying eye candy for perfectionists and easy-going watch collectors. 

This subtle yet significant well-calculated enhancement also explains why the new Patek Philippe ref.5711 is one of the most sought-after pieces on the planet.

The Dial

Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711 Dial

The Nautilus 5711/1R-001 has an alluring nutmeg-brown dial with the horizontal lines of the previous models. 

However, it’s sweeter and more captivating thanks to the rounder and broader lume-applied 18k Rose Gold baton hands and indices that follow the bezel’s graceful curves.

The brown guilloche dial provides unmatched reflections that cause smooth alternating changes from a dark brown hue to a mellow light cream color according to light intensity. 

The Movement

Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711 Movement

At the heart of this gorgeous piece is the automatic in-house Caliber 324 SC mechanical movement. It has a 3.3m thickness- slender enough to allow it to slide into the watch’s well-polished case.

Plus, it comprises 213 parts, has 29 jewels along with a 28,800vph frequency, and has a 45-hour power reserve. 

It may not be a new movement, but it suits the 5711/1R-001 due to its commendable accuracy and golden rotor that matches the watch’s overall appearance.

Pricing and Availability

According to WatchCharts, the 5711/1R-001 has a hefty price tag of S$79,347. It’s available in limited quantities and was first available to authorized dealers in June 2015. Its price skyrocketed beyond S$400,000 during the frenzy. More on that here.

The Nautilus Ref. 5711 As a Collector’s Item

The Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711 is undoubtedly a classy watch in great demand among watch collectors. Patek Philippe tried increasing prices by over 10% in 2018 to discourage the growing interest among watch fans, but the higher the price, the higher the desire.

It’s easy to wonder why most watch collectors are all over the place trying to include a watch with a wide bezel and odd shape in their collection. Here are some of the reasons:

  • Scarcity – the new ref. 5711 isn’t readily available at authorized retail sites and stores. Experts believe Patek Philippe creates at least 60,000 watches each year and the reference number 5711 occupies just 10% of that number
  • Versatility – most pieces in the Nautilus 5711 collection effortlessly blend into any environment. They bring the much-needed style and luxury in the office or at the beach. Pair that with their irresistible good looks, and you’ve got keepers.
  • It’s steeped in legacy – this beautiful watch made Nautilus history severally since its introduction over 40 years ago. Firstly, it was Patek Philippe’s first offering in steel. Secondly, this Nautilus model triumphed over the quartz watches during the quartz crisis.
  • It’s prestigious – the Nautilus 5711 carries with it the Patek Philippe DNA- a factor that enhances its appeal because of the prestige associated with the legendary Swiss watch making brand name. The name indicates class and unrivaled craftsmanship, qualities that every watch connoisseur desires in their timepiece.
  • It gets so much hype – Patek Philippe watches have an aura of power and control around them. This is especially true for the Nautilus ref. 5711 which receives so much publicity despite Patek Philippe’s attempts to tone down the uncontrollable hype. Most watch collectors find the excitement appealing.

The Competitive Landscape

Luxury sports watches appeal to a chunk of consumers in the watch world. The Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711 has left a permanent mark in the industry, famous among celebrities like Kevin Hart and Ellen DeGeneres. And it’s leading in terms of pricing and demand.

Naturally, there are several worthy contenders, like the Rolex Submariner, Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, IWC Ingenieur, and Omega Seamaster, who are competing with the ref. 5711 for the top spot. Are they successful?

They are all luxury pieces in steel and boast equally impressive features such as:

  • Reliable self-winding movements – the Omega Seamaster (300) has a self-winding Omega 8912 movement, the Rolex Submariner has a self-winding Caliber 3230 movement, the AP Royal Oak boasts an automatic Caliber 3126/3840 movement, while the IWC Ingenieur has a variety of high-precision movements that differ depending on the model.
  • Nice water resistance – the Seamaster, Submariner, and Royal Oak have a water resistance of up to 300m while the Ingenieur has a 120m resistance rating.
  • A date window at 3 o’clock- the Submariner’s aperture is magnified by a Cyclops lens on its sapphire crystal.

Bonus: The Royal Oak collection shares the same designer with the Nautilus 5711!

In terms of value and collectibility:

  • The Submariner retails between S$3,757 and S$20,930, according to WatchCharts.
  • The Seamaster has a retail price of between S$2,214 and S$12,746, according to WatchCharts.
  • The Royal Oak retails between S$13,819 and S$66,145, according to WatchCharts.
  • The Ingenieur retails between S$6,373 and S$16,905, as per WatchCharts.

They’re all excellent timepieces with a solid reputation, unique designs, and high collectibility. However, the Nautilus 5711 has a higher collectibility since it has a long waiting list, has a larger fanbase, and, well, it has more charisma and charm- which is a big deal to watch collectors.

FAQs

1. Is Patek Nautilus a good investment?

Patek Nautilus is a good investment to Nautilus owners. It maintains the same price and can even appreciate in value if maintained and serviced regularly. 

According to the Patek Philippe website, you should take your timepiece to Authorized Patek Philippe Service Centers every 3-5 years depending on the watch’s condition, model, and age.

It’s also crucial to ensure you have an original Nautilus ref. 5711 so you can enjoy its investment potential:

  • A genuine 5711 has a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal over its dial.
  • A real Nautilus 5711 has a well-spaced dial with prints free of misspelling.
  • An original 5711 has luminescent hands that glow in the dark evenly.
  • A fake 5711’s case feels lighter since the material used on it is low-quality. Meanwhile, an authentic Nautilus 5711’s case has some considerable mass.
  • An original Nautilus 5711’s bracelet has a model number specific to its series.

2. Why is the Patek Philippe Nautilus so popular?

The Patek Philippe Nautilus collection is more popular than most other watches because of its unique design and its high appreciation in price over time- especially in the pre-owned market.

3. Is the Patek Nautilus comfortable?

The Patek Nautilus is comfortable. It has a well-polished, smooth, slender case complemented by an equally slim, stylish, and lightweight bracelet. 

The bracelet is smooth to the touch and corrosion resistant- factors that make its presence on the wrist pleasant and admirable. It consists of polished central links and brushed steel links and a simple clasp that hugs the wrist perfectly.

Final Word

The Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711 1a is an iconic luxury steel sports watch that has dominated the horological arena since its introduction. The Nautilus 5711 Rose Gold continues the tradition, earning more fans with its mesmerizing elegance and unmatched functionality.

Key Takeaways

  • The Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711’s most notable features are its porthole-styled case, the ears on both sides of the bezel, and fine horizontal lines on its guilloche dial.
  • The Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711 is a worthwhile investment since it’s steeped in legacy, is scarce, and is versatile.
  • The Nautilus 5711 is a maritime-inspired luxury sports watch whose design borrows heavily from boats.
  • An original Nautilus 5711 has a heavier case, a model number on its bracelet, a well-spaced dial with properly spelt prints, and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal over its dial.
  • The Nautilus 5711 Rose Gold model is attractive to most male and female watch collectors due to its rich Rose Gold material and comfortable wrist presence.

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