History of the Patek Philippe Nautilus

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History of the Patek Philippe Nautilus

Post by koimaster » June 17th 2019, 10:14am

Patek Philippe introduced the Nautilus in 1976. Since then, it’s become one of the brand’s most sought-after watches. In this feature from WatchTime’s August 2018 issue, we trace the evolution of the Nautilus through its 40+-year history.

When Patek Philippe introduced the Nautilus in 1976, it wasn’t the first luxury sports watch in steel. That was claimed by Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak in 1972. But the Nautilus was positioned at an even higher price point, and the ads for the first model, Reference 3700, played on this idea, showing the watch with the tagline, “One of the world’s costliest watches is made of steel.” The watch’s distinctive shape also drew attention. The bezel is neither round nor rectangular but is an octagon whose sides are curved outward. With a diameter of 42 mm, the Nautilus was ahead of its time in terms of size, and it was 3 mm larger than the Royal Oak.


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