During the Basel Show earlier this year, Patek Philippe launched more than ten men’s watches in one breath, including the more popular World Time Chronograph 5930, the classic chronograph 5170, and the Calatrava series perpetual calendar 5496. Of course, there are super complex tables 6002 and 6300. Although this wave of feasts at the beginning of the year is a feast for the eyes, careful watch friends will certainly notice that in all Patek Philippe new models, there is no Nautilus series. Since last year, many people have been guessing what brand the 40th anniversary of the Patek Philippe Nautilus series will push, but I did not expect this, it is another half a year, until October, the brand did not disclose the 40th anniversary commemorative models. The two models 5711 / 1P and 5976 / 1G are limited to 700 and 1300 respectively.
I have to say that the two 40th Anniversary watches of the Patek Philippe Nautilus series are not too pleasantly surprised. The 5711 is made of platinum and is limited to 700 pieces. The dial is marked with 40 and 1976-2016. . The 5976 / 1G method is very similar, and the dial is also marked 1976-40-2016. Therefore, only in the period after the announcement, these two watches became hot topics and were constantly ‘fried’, but soon became silent again.
Growing in a difficult situation
Patek Philippe Nautilus Series 5976 / 1G Watch
Even so, it cannot be denied that they have a special significance as 40th anniversary watches, and Patek Philippe chose these two models for the 40th anniversary of the Nautilus series with a very clear intention. In the 1970s, Swiss watchmaking suffered a lot from the quartz crisis. In 1972, in search of a breakthrough, Audemars Piguet collaborated with a generation of watchmaking master Gerozunda to launch the Royal Oak series of stainless steel case sports watches. It went against the trend. In 1976, Patek Philippe joined hands with Master Jero Zunda to develop the Nautilus series watch. This is the first sports watch series of Patek Philippe since the brand was founded. Its biggest significance is to make Patek Philippe mechanical watches free. Aesthetic and application categories of traditional watchmaking. Royal Oak and Nautilus are the first true luxury watches among sports watches.
Vertical brushed and polished case
In 1980, Patek Philippe’s Réunis factory began to create cases and bracelets for nautilus. Before that, the most important cases and bracelets in the appearance of Nautilus series were completed by other factories. Since then, the number of the first batch of Nautilus models 3700/1 has been changed to 3700-11.
2006 is a very important year for the Nautilus series, not only the 30th anniversary of the series, but more importantly, Patek Philippe updated the Nautilus series: the original two-piece case structure was completely replaced For the three-piece case, the first self-winding chronograph 5980 / 1A in the series was introduced. Behind this, it represents a series of detailed optimizations designed to pay tribute to the original positioning of the Nautilus series: elegant sports watches.
White gold case
In 2016, the Nautilus series ushered in the 40th anniversary celebration. The brand recreates the splendor of 5711 launched in 2006 and the special significance of 5980 with precious metals. The new 5976 / 1G watch basically follows the uniqueness of 5980 in design: the integrated timer at 6 o’clock, the central second hand also serves as a chronograph second hand, and is equipped with the brand’s own CH 28-520 C automatic chronograph movement.
44 mm table diameter (10 o’clock to 4 o’clock)
However, there are obvious differences between 5976 / 1G and 5980. First of all, the case diameter of the 5976 / 1G watch (from 10 o’clock to 4 o’clock) is enlarged to 44 mm, which is a whole compared with 50.5 40.5 It’s a big circle, don’t underestimate the increase of 3.5 mm, which is enough for a man with a small wrist to hold it completely. The larger the size, the more effective the effect will be immediately with every additional millimeter.
Nautilus iconic case hinge
Crown side shoulder
In view of the increase in overall size, many details of the watch have also changed, and the dial has become more open. The side hinges from the first Nautilus series watch 3700 are also longer. This hinge was inspired by the lock structure of the upper porthole of the transoceanic cruise ship that used to fix the upper and lower cases. Now it also plays the role of fixing the case and is also spread as a series feature.
Luminous hands Three-layer cumulative chronograph
Another significant difference between the 5976 / 1G and the 5980 is the chronograph at 6 o’clock. The 5980 timer is divided into three layers, the outer layer is 0-30 minutes, the middle layer is 30-60 minutes, and the inner layer is 12 hours. 5976 / 1G timing is also divided into three layers, the difference is that the outer layer is a 12-hour time zone, the middle layer is 0-30 minutes time, and the inner layer is 30-60 minutes time zone. Because the overall size of the watch is enlarged, although the 6 o’clock position is also a three-layer aggregate chronograph, the reading number can still be clearly read. The 5980 needs to be arranged and distinguished by different colors and inner and outer layers according to different priorities.
5976 / 1G luxury
Top Wesselton Diamond Scale 1976-40-2016 Memorial Mark
As a commemorative watch, 5976 / 1A is undoubtedly luxurious. In addition to the case is entirely made of white gold, the dial also uses the top Westelton diamonds, including princess cut diamonds and baguette diamonds.
Cal.CH 28-520 C automatic chronograph movement
The watch houses Patek Philippe’s third self-made chronograph movement: Cal.CH 28-520 C. The movement uses 21K gold as an automatic oscillating weight. The precious metal has better inertia, which can improve the winding efficiency and reduce unnecessary wear and tear caused by excessive winding. The movement is only designed to wind in one direction, even so It is still full of power. In addition, since 2006, major watchmakers in Switzerland have carried out the application and research and development of silicon materials in watches. Patek Philippe is one of the earliest brands to complete the development. This watch balance spring uses the patented Spiromax® balance spring made of Silinvar® high-tech silicon material. The balance wheel is also Patek Philippe’s patented Gyromax® balance wheel, which can be fine-tuned with high precision.
Special Cork Watch Box
Summary: The Patek Philippe Nautilus 40th Anniversary Watch not only commemorates the pioneering work of Patek Philippe 40 years ago, but also pays tribute to the important moment when the Nautilus series entered the modern high-end watchmaking hall 10 years ago. Instant jump date, top Wesselton diamond scale, central second hand, one hand dual-use, Patek Philippe patented automatic movement, unique porthole shell type, Nautilus special bracelet, Nautilus series 5976 / 1G watch is very delicate.