The Nautilus 5711/1A is a watch that needs no introduction. We’re all painfully aware of how unobtainable they are and, following the news of its discontinuation, their exclusivity is only going to grow. It’s an idol to be admired from afar. Which all adds up to make it feel even stranger for me to be holding the new Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1A Green right now.
This is the first time I’ve been hands-on with one of Patek Philippe‘s legendary timepieces and to be honest I wouldn’t be surprised if it was the last either, as this version marks its final swan song. Having been a watch enthusiast for several years I am aware of how much of a horological holy grail this is and going back to seeing it on the other side of display cases in the future will never be quite the same.
My immediate reaction is to rave about how thin it is. It’s really comfortable to wear and the thinness helps to keep the overall weight of its stainless steel case and bracelet down. It’s by no means an excessively light timepiece but I prefer that from a sports-luxe watch, you want to feel it on your wrist – that sensation of extra momentum on your swing. Not that you’d ever wear it for an actual round of golf, or any other sport for that matter.
But while the bracelet and case design might be lovely, they’re not new. The 40mm case diameter is the same as on its blue dialled predecessor, which is one of the most sought-after timepieces on the market currently. The green version also has the same full steel construction that made the 5711 so popular in the first place, the most popular Patek Philippe ever, dare I say.
What makes the 5711/1A Green stand out is, and steady yourself, this might come as a surprise, the green dial. Green is the colour of the year it seems, with dozens of watch releases in 2021 featuring the colour prominently – practically every major brand has already had a go at creating one. However, up close the Nautilus’ green is far more subtle than you might expect. The olive tone is so gentle that in certain lighting it can look grey or even black, but when you do get it in the light perfectly, it’s a cool colour.
The 5711 is on its way out so this new version doesn’t exactly rock the boat, it’s more of a twist on the formula than a completely new recipe. But that’s what fans wanted, one last hoorah before it fades forever into the second-hand market with stratospheric prices that are sure to be well above its £26,870 starting point – a pre-owned 5711/1A with blue dial is currently advertised on Sotheby’s for over £67,800.
So what sort of prices could the new version reach, considering its significance as the final 5711 and its flavour of the year green dial, £70,000 – £80,000? More? One thing is for sure, it’s as unattainable and desirable as every other 5711 that has gone before. And I’ll probably never get my mitts on another one.
Price & Specs:
Model: Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1A
Case/Dial: 40mm diameter x 8.3mm height, stainless steel, screw-down crown, sapphire-crystal case back, horizontally embossed sunburst olive-green dial, gold applied hour markers with luminescent coating
Water Resistance: 120m (12 bar)
Movement: In-house calibre 26‑330 S C, automatic, 30 jewels, 212 parts, 21K gold central rotor with Patek Philippe seal, Hallmark of Geneva certified
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power Reserve: 35 – 45h
Functions: Hour, minutes, sweep seconds, date
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet with Nautilus fold-over clasp
More details at Patek Philippe.