2016 is the 40th anniversary of Patek Philippe’s Nautilus Collection, the brand will mark the occasion with two limited-edition Anniversary models, the Ref. 5711/1P which sports a 40-mm platinum case, pays tribute to the original Nautilus model launched in 1976, Ref. 3700/1A, and the 40th Anniversary 44-mm Nautilus flyback chronograph Ref. 5976/1G, which salutes the tastefully redesigned 30th anniversary collection introduced in 2006. Both models feature a blue dial with diamond hour markers, the typical Nautilus embossed decor, and a discreet recessed anniversary logo.
The Nautilus Ref. 5711/1P 40th Anniversary will be available in a limited edition of 700 individually numbered watches. The case is crafted from solid platinum 950. As all other Patek Philippe platinum watches, the new Nautilus Ref. 5711/1P is fitted with a flawless rare white Top Wesselton diamond (approx. 0.02 ct.) in the bezel above the lugs at 6 o’clock.
The 40th anniversary Nautilus Chronograph Ref. 5976/1G in18K white gold comes in a limited edition of 1300 watches. From the case and bracelet to the foldover clasp, the watch highlights Nautilus-typical finissage techniques such as the vertically satin-finished bezel with shiny chamfers and the alternating matt/ mirror-polished bracelet links, all meticulously executed by hand.
Each watch comes in an anniversary box that also contains the Certificate of Origin and an anniversary document. Made of brown natural cork, the box is an authentic replica of the stylish 1976 original.
Photo: Left to right, Patek Philippe Nautilus Chronograph Ref. 5976/1G 40th Anniversary Limited Edition, Nautilus Ref. 5711/1P 40th Anniversary Limited Edition. Courtesy Patek.com