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Four decades of keeping time

Ezra Gideon
Ezra Gideon11/14/2016 10:44 AM GMT+08  • 3 min read
Four decades of keeping time
Patek Philippe’s Nautilus series has consistently dazzled the watch industry since its debut in 1976. To celebrate, the brand has launched two exclusive 40th anniversary timepieces.
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Patek Philippe’s Nautilus series has consistently dazzled the watch industry since its debut in 1976. To celebrate, the brand has launched two exclusive 40th anniversary timepieces.

Swiss watch brand Patek Philippe has seen many changes since its humble pocket-watch days in 1851. Through the decades, various models have played their part in contributing to the brand’s prominence in the industry today — one in particular is the Nautilus.

When Patek Philippe marketed the first Nautilus model, Ref 3700/1A, in 1976, the brand placed a fair amount of emphasis on its stainless steel case and ability to look equally good for sporty and formal occasions. The sports watch has evolved over 40 years, adding new and subtle features to subsequent models, while retaining certain aspects that give the Nautilus its charm. The iconic hinges that protrude from the timepiece’s nine and three o’clock, along with the stick dial design, have always been present, including in the 40th anniversary collection — the Nautilus Ref 5976/1G and Ref 5711/1P.

These anniversary pieces do not introduce any bold changes, instead retaining the winning qualities that led to the Nautilus’ popularity. The same rounded octagonal bezel and horizontal dial pattern pay homage to earlier models such as the Ref 3700/1A. The anniversary collection features components such as diamond hour markers and an exclusive “Anniversary” logo. The 40th anniversary collection comes in the signature Nautilus cork box. Every box is supported by a stainless steel base and contains the watch’s certificate of origin.

Nautilus Ref 5711/1P

Nautilus Ref 5976/1G

This article appeared in the Options of Issue 752 (Oct 31) of The Edge Singapore.

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