When Patek started the Nautilus back in 1976 with the 3700/1A, its 42mm wide case immediately resulted in its “Jumbo” nickname. Now, some 40 years later, Patek had to one-up those figures and make the 5711/1P in a 44.05 millimeter-wide, all-platinum case.
If the big “P” didn’t already give it away to all the Patek nerds on the market, the 5711/1P features a little Wesselton (meaning rated very high on the purity/clarity scale) diamond set into its bezel in the 6 o’clock position, to mark it is crafted from the most expensive precious metal commonly employed for Swiss luxury timepieces. The bracelet, which is still a part of the Gerald Genta layout and has changed since the first Nautilus in 1976, is totally in platinum with brushed links and polished center links. Replica of the trendy 1976 original.
Like the first Nautilus, it is to evoke associations with the proud ocean liners that inspired the design of this elegant timepiece. The 40th Anniversary cork box includes stainless steel frames for the base and the cover that is hinged, in addition to a steel plaque on side, plus a replica of the 1976 original.
The movement inside is the Patek Philippe automatic 324 SC which has powered a host of Nautilus and other watches. It features the time with central seconds and the date, here at 3 o’clock on a white date wheel, along with other standard Patek fare such as a Gyromax balance wheel, Spiromax hairspring and, of course, the Patek Philippe Seal. Despite all these goodies, power reserve is rated to fall in between 35 and 45 hours, which is only acceptable because the 324SC is a mere 3.3 millimeters thick with the 21 karat gold rotor included – though we are still not sure what may be causing 10 hours of approved variation in a movement without a chronograph or complicated calendar complication.
Limited to “just” 700 pieces, cost for your Patek Philippe Nautilus 40th Anniversary 5711/1P in platinum will be US$283,200 — which is more, than the white gold (and obviously more complex ) flyback chronograph 5976/1G
The large-seeming 44.05millimeter diameter is the case measured at 9 to 3 o’clock, including the crown. The water resistance score hasn’t changed much in 40 years either and remains at 120 meters.