Watch & Jewellery
NEW YEAR, NEW NAUTILUS, NEW WAITING LIST: Patek Philippe's Nautilus Ref. 5711/1A-014
Text by Kee | Photos courtesy of Patek Philippe
13.04.2021
Patek Philippe's 'Nautilus Ref. 5711/1A-014' is the unofficial successor to the to-be-discontinued 'Nautilus Ref. 5711/1A-010'
Patek Philippe's 'Nautilus Ref. 5711/1A-014' is the unofficial successor to the to-be-discontinued 'Nautilus Ref. 5711/1A-010'
Patek Philippe's 'Nautilus Ref. 5711/1A-014' is the unofficial successor to the to-be-discontinued 'Nautilus Ref. 5711/1A-010'
Patek Philippe's 'Nautilus Ref. 5711/1A-014' is the unofficial successor to the to-be-discontinued 'Nautilus Ref. 5711/1A-010'
Patek Philippe's 'Nautilus Ref. 5711/1A-014' is the unofficial successor to the to-be-discontinued 'Nautilus Ref. 5711/1A-010'
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If there’s a wristwatch that doesn’t need any more headlines than it already has, it would be Patek Philippe’s almighty Nautilus Ref. 5711. Created close to five decades ago, the stainless steel model designed by Gérald Genta has surpassed even the most audacious of targets to become the GOAT in the luxury sports watch category. In the case of Ref. 5711/1A-010, with its rakish blue-black dial and macho steel construction, it is now ranked as one of the most important commercial timepieces in modern day horology. And crazy enough, it will also be ranked as one of the least complicated models under Patek Philippe’s extensive catalogue of mechanical marvels. Little did we expect that Patek Philippe would drop an unnecessary bombshell at the start of January this year to announce that it will be retiring the Ref. 5711/1A-010 in 2021 even though there’s a waiting list of between eight years and the-day- you-get-to-see-your-great-grandkids. Such news seemed odd and would be akin to Nike stating that it would stop making white colourways of the Air Force 1 or McDonald’s putting the brakes on the Big Mac. Those who have desperately wanted Ref. 5711/1A-010 probably ended up paying way over retail like a sneakerhead for a hype product drop. But even in this case, the availability of the watch is still considered rare as demand far outstrips the supply. It’s fair to even say that at some point, many might even be wondering if this wristwatch only exists on the internet and on the wrists of trust fund babies. Patek Philippe’s move might seem anti-business, but to be fair, the Swiss marque is simply trying not to be a victim of its own success (though some storied watch labels would rather have such a headache). To everyone’s surprise – and confusion – Patek Philippe showed that they are not abandoning the popular Ref. 5711 entirely; it’s just tired of making any more blue-black dials on the Nautilus to satisfy the flippers. Its unofficial successor is a similar model albeit with an olive green dial and a sunray pattern. Another thing that probably won’t change? The waiting list to get your hands on one.

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