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    The Ultimate Guide to Patek Philippe Nautilus If the first word that comes to mind when you hear Patek Philippe is "Nautilus," then join the club. For years, this iconic luxury sports watch from the 1970s has been the ultimate holy watch for nearly every ambitious individual.

    But before we put on our detective hats and figure out why the Nautilus, of all Patek Philippe models, is more appealing to high-end collectors than chewy treats are to my cat, we first need to understand the brand itself.

    The History of Patek Philippe Nautilus Founded in 1839, Patek Philippe is one of the last family-owned independent watchmakers in Geneva, with nearly two centuries of uninterrupted watchmaking history. As one of the oldest Swiss watch manufacturers, the brand has made significant contributions to the modern world of horology.

    Patek Philippe is considered the master of "grand complications", a reputation earned by the brand for being one of the earliest pioneers of perpetual and annual calendar devices in wristwatches. In 1976, the brand released its first luxury sports watch, which is still considered the upper echelon of luxury in the watch industry.

    Why was the Nautilus created? The quartz crisis of the 1970s made the adoption of revolutionary quartz technology crucial to the survival of the Swiss watch industry. This is because quartz movements have proven to be not only cheaper to produce, but also more accurate and robust than relatively delicate mechanical movements.

    The Swiss luxury watch brand faces a difficult choice: Either change its longstanding approach to precision mechanical watchmaking, or take a huge risk and do something that has never been done before (except for AP). But just like Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe chose the second option.

    In an era when luxury watches were made exclusively from precious metals, the brand's launch of a luxury watch made entirely of stainless steel was initially seen as an absurd oxymoron. Following in AP's footsteps, Patek Philippe hired young Gerald Genta to design this relatively new concept. And just like that, the iconic Nautilus was born.

    Indeed, the designer's mind never rests. The story goes that while dining with Henry and Philipe Sterns of Patek Philippe, Genta brainstormed ideas and created a napkin sketch. The sketches for the watch feature a case design inspired by the portholes of transatlantic liners and the "ears" influenced by the hinges of these portholes.

    A five-minute doodle on a napkin would become the blueprint for one of the most important watches the brand had ever produced. In addition to its iconic case and dial, the Nautilus also featured an integrated bracelet, a popular feature at the time.

    While the collecting community likes to compare the Nautilus to AP's Royal Oak, the two watches have different inspirations behind their iconic designs. The Royal Oak has an industrial-looking "brutalist" design, while the Nautilus is considered the more refined of the two, with a rounded octagonal bezel.

    Facts about the Nautilus design All Nautilus watches have a round case shape with the iconic "ears" on either side of the case. The watches are made with a variety of case materials (such as stainless steel, yellow gold, and two-tone), dial configurations, movements, bracelet options, and complications.

    While some models have a one-piece case construction, most modern models are built with a three-part case construction (although the latest ref-5811/1A has reverted to an upgraded version of the one-piece case).

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