Since the presentation of the Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1A in 2006, the watch has arrived at a legendary status. Particularly during the most recent couple of years, it appears to be this watch has been gotten by a bigger crowd than at any other time before.

With a retail cost of 26.810,- Euro, not a simple sell for an all hardened steel watch without any complications other than a date. Wrong! These watches have a long holding up rundown today, and a used Nautilus 5711/1A is certainly not a modest option with costs beginning at around 40.000,- Euro. It is the watch fever we live in today I am apprehensive, yet it has gone to limits with the Nautilus.

Patek Philippe Nautilus 3700/1A and 5711/1A Today

This article is a comparison between the Nautilus 5711/1A and the vintage 3700/1A. An article I previously distributed in 2013, when the costs were beneath today’s list cost of the 5711/1A. A ton has changed in the previous five years, you could say. In any case, what didn’t change, is the sublime tale about the Genta planned Nautilus and the stunning completion of the case and arm band on these watches. Where this article used to be a comparison to help you settle on a choice between the 3700/1A and 5711/1A, it is currently absolutely enlightening about the distinctions and likenesses between these two references. The costs of the 3700/1A went up from approx. 20.000,- Euro in 2009 to an amazing 70.000 Euro in 2018.

But let’s put the worth improvement of the Nautilus aside for some time, and discussion about the steel extravagance sports watch that Patek Philippe presented in 1976 and afterward once again introduced in 2006.

A Bit Of Nautilus History

Patek Philippe is being viewed as perhaps the most renowned watch companies from Switzerland. This consistently has been the situation. Their – regularly – well off customers are found everywhere on the world and among them are royals and chiefs of industry. It is a brand with extraordinary compared to other known mottos, “You never really own a Patek Philippe. You simply care for it for the future.”. If this is valid, doesn’t make any difference, proprietors of a Patek Philippe watch or future purchasers of a Patek Philippe observe readily allude to this trademark to legitimize their costly timepiece.

In the mid-1970s Patek Philippe is well known for their excellent watches with complications or the level gold dress watches, chosen to make an extravagance sports watch. A couple of years sooner, in 1972, Audemars Piguet appeared with their Royal Oak watch that a Haute Horlogerie brand could really pull off an extravagance sports watch in spotless steel.

Patek Philippe recruited a similar man who was answerable for planning the Royal Oak, Gérald Genta. Genta planned a watch with quite certain qualities, for example, the window plan, the combination of cleaned and glossy silk brushed parts working on it and wristband and – obviously – the incorporated treated steel arm band. Everything was finished with the most elevated conceivable evaluation of finish. In 1976, Patek Philippe acquainted the Nautilus with the public.

A enormous piece of the Patek Philippe customers didn’t care for the Nautilus. A games watch didn’t bode well for a company like Patek Philippe, who consistently had their emphasis on exemplary molded (gold) watches with – or without – complications. The Nautilus turned into the enfant horrendous of the assortment and it in reality still is.

People who are on the lookout for a Patek Philippe Nautilus will in general settle on the choice between a pristine Nautilus from the genuine assortment or purchasing a used vintage Nautilus from the mid-late 1970s. At the point when it comes down to the sticker price, a used vintage model is as costly (or some of the time much more costly) than another one.

This article focuses in on the absolute first Patek Philippe Nautilus, by the reference of 3700/1A, and the current Nautilus, reference 5711/1A. On the direct, not a lot appears to have changed in the last 36-37 years, yet in the event that we investigate, we can perceive what has befallen the watch.

The Porthole Case

The instance of the Patek Philippe is planned like an opening. The ref.3700/1A model comprises of two sections fundamentally, the case and the bezel. The bezel and case are in a bad way to one another, similar to a porthole.

The instance of the 3700/1A Nautilus estimates 42mm in width, particularly for 1976 a significantly huge case. It was before long nicknamed Nautilus Jumbo.

When Patek Philippe once again introduced the Nautilus (5711/1A) in 2006 (it at that point retailed for 14.600,- Euro), around 30 years after the presentation of the Nautilus model, the case had become somewhat greater. The new – or current – case estimates 43mm and is somewhat thicker. The ref. 5711/1A likewise has a three-section built case. Other than the bezel and case development, the case back is currently a different part. As per perfectionists, the two-section development of the 3700/1A is a touch more fascinating as it catches the substance of the opening design.

Another viewpoint that affected the presence of the case was the utilization of another development (more about that later) or better said, Patek Philippe chose to add a seconds hand to the new reference. The position of a seconds hand had very some impact on the presence of the watch, as the upper part (or bezel) turned into somewhat thicker also. Gérald Genta presumably had a shaky area for the hour and moment just watches, as the first Royal Oak was likewise a watch without a seconds hand.

The Nautilus Dial

The dial of the Nautilus likewise changed in appearance in the event that we compare the 3700/1A to the 5711/1A. Albeit the example on the dial stayed, the shade of the dial changed. The new Nautilus dial is somewhat more ‘electric’, as the green/blue shading changes a piece when you pivot the watch towards and from the light. The 3700/1A Nautilus stays to have a similar blue-ish dial tone, regardless of from what point you will notice it.


The phrasing on the dial ‘Patek Philippe’ and ‘Geneve’ has moved an indent towards 12 o’clock and the text style changed also. The typography of the Nautilus 3700/1A fits the 1970s style and is somewhat striking compared to the current model.


If you take a gander at the hands, you will quickly see the ‘seconds’ hand on the 5711/1A rather than the two hands dial of the 3700/1A. It involves taste and accommodation presumably, however the dial of the 3700/1A seems, by all accounts, to be more soothing.

The Movement

When the Nautilus was presented, Patek Philippe utilized the mechanical programmed winding development type 28-255C. This super meager development depended on Jaeger-LeCoultre type 920 development and consequently a similar development as utilized in the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak reference 5402 of 1972. This development, presently just being utilized by Audemars Piguet as type 2121 (and Vacheron Constantin utilizes their own rendition it in their Overseas Ultra-Thin ), is just 3.05mm in stature (counting rotor) and doesn’t highlight a second hand. The rotor utilizes rails to move on rather than ball bearings.

The Nautilus 5711/1A has a mechanical programmed winding development type 324 S C inside. In-house created and fabricated by Patek Philippe. A lovely completed and developed development, however not as level as its archetype. Likewise, as you can see on the photos underneath, the development is obvious through the situation back on the current Nautilus model.

Because of the three-section developed case, type 324 S C development, the presence of the 5711/1A is somewhat unique in relation to the 3700/1A model. It is thicker, it has more space among dial and sapphire precious stone (because of the second hand) and has a straightforward case back. Notwithstanding, Patek Philippe prevailing with regards to keeping up the smooth and exquisite plan of the Nautilus.

The Bracelet

Although numerous games watches highlight a thick and strong inclination wristband, these Nautilus arm bands are meager and smooth. In wearing, there is practically no distinction between the arm band of the 3700/1A and the new 5711/1A. The principle contrast is in the collapsing fasten as you can find in the photographs. The 3700/1A arm band has a serious basic collapsing instrument, two bits of metal with no particular completion or inscriptions. It does the work however. For security reasons, there is a flip lock on the catch also, to ensure the collapsing fasten can’t open by accident.


The new 5711/1A wristband has a twofold collapsing fasten and a flip lock. The twofold collapsing catch looks a lot more pleasant obviously and satisfies the necessities of the advanced extravagance watch. The two arm bands have the Patek Philippe logo engraved in the flip lock.


Which Nautilus?

Today, the distinction in cost between the vintage Patek Philippe Nautilus 3700/1A and the 5711/1A is greater than at any other time, so it has for the most part become a matter of assets or spending plan. All things considered, you can’t turn out badly with both of these watches, there are a few contrasts in the development of the case, development and dial that may trigger the perfectionist to go for the Nautilus reference 3700/1A. On the off chance that you respect the Nautilus plan, legacy and wonderful Patek Philippe-finish yet you don’t have the assets for it or don’t need to have the stresses over it being vintage, you should go for the cutting edge Nautilus 5711/1A.

Find under an outline of the worth advancement of the Nautilus references that I as of late composed for Chrono24’s magazine.

*This article initially showed up on Fratello on May 23rd, 2013, yet has been refreshed with new realities, data and pictures on September 29th, 2018.