Today’s Watchscape exploration is a on the iconic and extremely difficult to obtain Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5711/1A in stainless steel.
This photograph is of a collector piece, and not a safe queen. The watch is well loved and worn, and bears some marks of this. Dirt, scratches and smudges adorn its surface, and the owner wears it proudly.
The dial is blue, but due to the anti-reflective coating on the sapphire glass, can appear at certain angles to be a brighter or duller blue, as can be seen by comparing the photograph above with the photographs
Recent black market activity has seen prices gone through the roof. A quick search on Chrono 24, shows that as of today, asking prices for black/grey Like New In Box with papers hover around S$ 100,000. The current retail price is S$39,300 inclusive of GST.
In a November 2018 sale by Phillips, a mid-2018 example of the Nautilus Ref. 5711/1A retailed by Tiffany and signed on the dial by the retailer, blew the record books selling at CHF 125,000! While it is true that the double signature partly accounts for the high price, we think the difficulty to get any 5711/1A is perhaps part of the reason.
Further information is available at the Patek Philippe Website.
And our review of the Patek Nautilus Ref.5711/1P Anniversary.
Photo notes: All photographs are taken with the Hasselblad H3D-39 with the HC 4/120 macro lens. The shooting technique is the same as the one used for Baselworld 2019.