Patek Philippe, the last autonomous, family-owned Genevan watchmaker, takes great pride in having complete control over the watchmaking operation. Each Patek Philippe wristwatch is carefully produced by hand to fulfill the company’s commitment to producing highly accurate and well-crafted timepieces. The Patek Philippe Nautilus, one of the brand’s most legendary watches, is among its many well-loved and varied vintage pieces.

8 Most Remarkable Patek Philippe Nautilus Watch Models

The Patek Philippe Nautilus, first released in 1976, is the embodiment of elegance and refinement. It also exemplifies Patek Philippe’s brilliant workmanship and artistic techniques. The luxury sports watch has a unique muscular yet elegant appearance, thanks to its easily identifiable round octagonal bezel. Here are some of the most glamorous Patek Philippe Nautilus versions for you to consider adding to your list.

1. Travel Time Chronograph

The Patek Philippe Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph ref 5990/1A-001, as the name suggests, has a time travel feature that displays two separate time zones at a glimpse. When coupled with a chronograph fitted with a 60-minute clock, this is a highly practical wristwatch that provides practitioners with daily comfort. This watch has a 40.5 mm steel case and a black graduated dial with gold added hour markers. This watch is powered by a caliber CH 28-520 C FUS, which was designed specifically for the Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph.

2. Nautilus Chronograph 5980

The Patek Philippe Nautilus Chronograph ref 5980R-001 is the first Patek Philippe Nautilus with a leather strap. This wristwatch, which premiered at Baselworld in 2010, demonstrates that brown and gold are the ideal best buddies. It also has a stylish, tough vibe thanks to its black-brown dial and 40.5 mm case made of 18K rose gold.  A matte brown alligator strap adds to the watch’s rugged sophistication. Indeed, the Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980 is a flexible piece that can be worn casually or professionally.

3. Nautilus Moon Phase 5712

This Patek Philippe Nautilus Moon Phase watch ref 5712/1A-001 is operated by a self-winding mechanical movement and has a dial covered in a captivating tone of black-blue. The special moon phase feature distinguishes this piece from other Nautilus versions. A sapphire-crafted disk etched on the dial rotates within an opening to show various moon phases. This is notable for the use of two moons and golden stars.

4. Chronograph in Full Gold

The Patek Philippe Nautilus Chronograph ref 5980/1R stands out from the crowd thanks to its elegant rose gold style. The black dial with a horizontal embroidered texture contrasts with the 18K rose gold case. More though, the allure of this rose gold chronograph extends beyond appearances. With its sapphire-crystal caseback and 120-meter water resistance, it lives up to the Patek Philippe tag.

5. Nautilus Moon Phase 5724

With a diamond-encrusted bezel, this Patek Philippe Nautilus Moon Phase ref 5724G/001 appeals to men who want to prove a point. It is set in a 40 mm white-gold case and is encrusted with 44 baguette diamonds. A navy blue alligator leather strap finishes the sophisticated look.  Far from undermining confidence, the diamonds contribute greatly to the watch, giving it an honorable and elegant appearance. This dashing wristwatch, with a self-winding mechanical movement, is ideal for the new, trendy gent.

6. Perpetual Calendar 5740

This is the first grand complication in the Patek Philippe Nautilus line, which debuted in 2018. The Nautilus Perpetual Calendar ref 5740/1G features three subdials that are harmoniously incorporated into the blue dial and an analog perpetual calendar. This wristwatch, a homage to Patek Philippe’s technological prowess, sports an ultra-thin self-winding caliber 240 Q movement, rendering it Patek Philippe’s slimmest perpetual calendar.

7. Nautilus Date/Sweep Seconds 5711

This stainless steel Patek Philippe Nautilus Date/Sweep Seconds wristwatch ref 5711/1A-011 exudes elegance and timeless beauty due to its straightforward nature. The silvery-white dial on this sleek watch enhances the 40 mm stainless steel case and bracelet. It is driven by the self-winding mechanical movement caliber 26-330 SC, which has a 45-hour power reserve.  This watch, which comes with a sweep second hand, has a seamless and elegant movement that will entice any watch lover. Overall, this is an easygoing timepiece that delivers streamlined versatility with a glossy finish, thanks to its ingenuity and sophistication.

8. Nautilus Date 5711

The Patek Philippe Nautilus Date ref 5711/1R exudes elegance with its matching bracelet and 40 mm rose gold case. The watch has a dark-brown streamlined dial with gold-applied hour markers with luminescent coating and indexes, making it a nice addition to a tuxedo or coat. The only other element on the dial is a tiny window that peeks out at 3 o’clock. The exquisite watch has a 45-hour maximum power reserve and is powered by the self-winding mechanical Calibre 26330 S C movement. With a thickness of just 8. 3mm, the watch suits perfectly under a suit or dress shirt for any sit-down dinners or formal occasions.

In a Nutshell

So, whoever said a sports watch had to be hard and tumble obviously hasn’t seen the Patek Philippe Nautilus. These high-end sports watches are the epitome of designs and styles. From its debut 45 years ago in 1976 to the present day, the Nautilus’ allure has never waned among watch enthusiasts of all ages.