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Fans have been willing to wait years for a Nautilus Ref. 5711, but the company still decided to discontinue it. Will a surprise final series be any solace?
By Nazanin Lankarani
Feb. 10, 2021
Imagine you are on the waiting list for a Patek Philippe Nautilus — a wait that might be eight or even 10 years long, but at least you’re in line.
Then you see an Instagram post from a Patek fan questioning whether the model is being discontinued.
It turns out to be true. And suddenly the watch that you had expected to buy new for around $33,700 is available only on the secondhand market, selling for as much as $180,000. You would likely be surprised, unhappy — even angry.
And those were the responses of much of the watch world last month when @patekaholic, as Jasem al-Zeraei is known to his 344,000 Instagram followers, teased them with a post suggesting that the Ref. 5711/1A-010, a stainless-steel timepiece with a black-blue dial, would be withdrawn from production this year.
“The reaction has been insane,” Mr. al-Zeraei said Saturday. “People are sad that they won’t get their allocation.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/10/fash ... qfi8I4M0cw
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