It started as a rumour but now it’s official – Patek Philippe has discontinued the Nautilus 5711. Yes, the highly coveted Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5711/1A-010, one of the world’s most coveted watches, is going out of production.
The decision is mind-boggling to say the least, especially considering how high in demand these watches were. The waitlist for the steel luxury sports timepiece reportedly stretched as far back as 10 years.
As such the secondary prices for the watch have been steadily increasing over the years, by as much as double. Now with Patek Philippe putting a stop to the Nautilus 5711, expect those prices to soar even further.
An Impressive Run For A Stunning Watch
The appeal of the Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1A-010 is largely down to its straightforward design. The shapely steel watch kitted with a dark-blue dial and date function embodied what was a collector’s watch for many.
It was basic, beautiful and a fitting homage to the original 3700/1 created by Gerald Genta. The Ref. 5711/1A made its debut in 2006, 30 years after the original Nautilus first broke cover. Genta designed the sports watch in 1974, affording it a bezel inspired by portholes of transatlantic ocean liners.
There were several iterations of the model over the decades but 15 years ago, Patek Philippe redesigned the model, gifting it a slightly bigger and rounder steel case. Equipped with a classic three-hand design, black-blue dial, and an in-house Caliber 315 S C, it was an immediate hit.
The Nautilus 5711 Is Done, What Comes Next?
The Nautilus 5711/1A-010 may have ended its run but the good news is that there are other Nautilus models to choose from. The watch is available in several different styles ranging from rose gold to diamond-set editions. There are also stainless-steel models with chronographs as well.
But the demise of the Nautilus 5711 has no doubt caused a ripple affect amongst the watch community. Even more so those who wanted to obtain the hard-to-obtain model at some point. Although that may be the case, the big question, though, is what will Patek Philippe produce next to fill the void?
The Swiss luxury watch maker will no doubt have something new up its sleeve. And chances are we may well see it sometime this year. But it goes without saying that the new model will already have big shoes to fill.
Few watches in the world have managed to maintain such a heightened appeal like the Nautilus 5711. Patek Philippe will have its work cut out in producing a worthy replacement.