The gentlemen in the two videos down below do not work for swissdiverswatches.com, but they do offer you excellent insights on the legendary and iconic water resistant sports watch – the Patek Philippe Nautilus, released by Patek Philippe in 1976, and designed by the legendary Gerald Genta.
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- About Patek Philippe
- About Patek Philippe Nautilus
- Date Function
- Case Material
- Case Dimension
- Case Back
- Strap Materials
- Water Resistance
- Additional Questions
Patek Philippe is consistently ranked as the nr 1 luxury watch brand in the world, in terms of prestige, price and handmade luxury.
Is Patek Philippe considered to be more prestigious than say Breguet, Blancpain, A. Lange & Söhne, Jaeger LeCoultre and Rolex? The simple and short answer is: yes.
Patek Philippe is a member of the “Holy Trinity” of luxury watch brands – the three most prestigious, expensive and luxurious watch brands on the market. The other two are Vacheron Constantin and Audemars Piguet.
It’s debatable whether Patek Philippe is more prestigous than Audemars Piguet and Vacheron Constantin, but Patek Philippe is definitely ranked among the top three luxury brands in the world!
Patek Philippe is one of very few Swiss luxury watch manufacturers left, where the luxury timepieces are handmade in accordance with the old and venerable Swiss tradition of watchmaking.
It takes Patek Philippe 9 months to manufacture their most basic watches and models by hand!
Patek Philippe is one of the very few independent Swiss watchmakers left in the industry, and what makes the brand even more special is that the company is family owned – although not by the founding family.
In 1839, Antoine Norbert de Patek, and Francois Czapek, established Patek, Czapek & Cie. which was the forerunner of Patek Philippe. They established the watch manufacturer in Geneva, Switzerland, where it’s located even today.
Patek, Czapek & Cie became Patek Philippe & Co. in 1851. Patek Philippe is named after Antoine Norbert de Patek – a Polishman who migrated to Switzerland, and Jean Adrien Philippe – a Frenchman, who migrated to Switzerland as well.
In 1976, Patek Philippe released the famous, super iconic water resistant sports and dress watch – the Patek Philippe Nautilus Collection. Designed by Gerald Genta in the 1970s, both “Patek Philippe Nautilus” and “Audemars Piguet Royal Oak” bear a resemblance to each other.
Just like the Aquanaut, Nautilus isn’t a proper full fledged divers watch, rather it’s a water resistant sports and dress watch, suitable for swimming and snorkeling but not diving.
The Nautilus’ depth rating is 120 meters/394 feet. Some Nautilus models, both ladies’ watches and men’s watches, have merely a 60 meter/197 feet depth rating, which means they aren’t even suitable for swimming or snorkeling. If the water resistance is indeed important to you, make sure you select the right model with the right depth rating – that is 120 meters/394 feet.
Opting for a Patek Philippe Nautilus means you are opting for a water resistant sports and dress watch belonging to the world’s nr 1 luxury watch brand.
Patek Philippe Nautilus is a water resistant sports watch for sure, but wearing it and using it, means you need to be more careful, since it isn’t as robust as say Audemars Piguet’s, IWC’s, Breitling’s, Omega’s, Rolex’s, Blancpain’s or Jaeger LeCoultre’s sports and divers watches.
Patek Philippe Nautilus is a rather small, light, and thin watch. That’s the nr 1 thing you’ll notice about it when you’re wearing it on your wrist.
Patek Philippe Nautilus uses primarily these movements:
- Patek Philippe in-house automatic movement 324 S C, with 29 jewels, 28,800 vph, and a 45 hour power reserve.
- Patek Philippe in-house automatic movement CH 28-520 C, with 35 jewels, 28,800 vph, and a 55 hour power reserve.
- Patek Philippe in-house automatic movement 324 S QA LU 24H, with 34 jewels, 28,800 vph, and 45 hour power reserve.
- Some of the Patek Philippe Nautilus watches are equipped with a chronograph, power reserve indicator and moon phase indicator. Most of their watches have just the basic time functions: hour-, minute-, and second hands and a date window.
The most commonly used materials are:
- Stainless steel.
- 18 carat rose gold.
- 18 carat white gold.
D = Diameter. TH = Thickness:
- D: 38,5mm x 44mm.
- D: 40mm.
- D: 43mm x 38mm.
- Exhibition case back/sapphire crystal case back.
- Fixed. Some of their bezels are fitted with diamonds.
- Sapphire crystal.
The most commonly used materials are:
- Stainless steel bracelets.
- 18 carat rose gold bracelets.
- 18 carat white gold bracelets.
- Leather straps – crocodile.
- Deployment clasp.
- Butterfly clasp.
- 120 meters/394 feet.
Patek Philippe Nautilus is suitable for swimming and snorkeling but not diving.
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