Patek Philippe Anniversary 5976G
The 5976/1G pays tribute to the iconic nautilus’ 40th year anniversary. The Nautilus has amassed a cult-like following in recent years, the introduction of the 5976/1G pays homage to the original Nautilus 3700/1A, whilst still forging ahead with a modern twist. This particular reference was launched in 2016 and is believed to be made in only 1300 examples. In tandem, Patek Philippe also released a 5711/1P in platinum which was limited to 700 examples.
The well documented Quartz Crisis nearly led to the extinction of Swiss Haute-horology. As the tides changed rapidly, certain brands attempted to reshuffle their existing products. As a result of this identity crisis, a majority of the Swiss brands were forced into liquidation and had little hope for the future. It is believed that Philippe Stern was instructed to attempt to encapsulate his generation into a watch. As a sports enthusiast, Philippe envisioned a casual timepiece imbued with the elegance of the Patek Philippe style that many had been accustom to. The role of Mr. Gerald Genta was instrumental for Patek Philippe, Mr. Genta had just designed the highly provocative reference 5402A for Audemars Piguet, instantly becoming the most expensive steel luxury sports watch on the market. In 1976, four years after the launch of the Audemars Piguet reference 5402A, the Nautilus reference 3700/1A launched with the slogan: “One of the world’s most expensive watches is made of steel”.
The design similarities between both the Royal Oak and Nautilus stem from Mr. Gerald Genta’s inspiration. The Royal Oak was inspired by the scaphander diving helmet whereas the Nautilus was inspired by ‘porthole’ windows found on transatlantic ocean liners. Additionally, both references were not only revolutionary but also achieved unfound practicality with the water-proof status of 120 meters.
This 5976/1G re-interprets a number of signature design elements from previous iterations of the Nautilus. The enlarged 44mm case marks the first time the Nautilus was produced in such a size, it remains the only Nautilus till date to be produced in 44mm. The white gold, three-piece case provides water resistance up to 120m. The case and bracelet of this Nautilus 5976/1G are excellently finished, with beveled, polished, and granular surfaces. At 44mm in diameter, and 12.16mm thick, the 5976G case is rather large ensuring a snug fit is rather crucial on this reference. The heft of the watch is well balanced through the well-crafted bracelet.
Arguably the most interesting element of the reference is the gradient blue dial, the commemorative embossing on the dial between ten and two o’clock “1976-40-2016”, marks the celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Nautilus. The indexes feature nine-baguette cut diamonds and three princess-cut diamonds.
On the reverse, the outer-case back correctly displays the relevant hallmarks, the movement number 70XXXXX corresponds to the Certificate of Origin dated 2017.
The caliber CH 28-520 was the first in-house automatic chronograph made by Patek Philippe. The caliber is found in several other pieces outside of the Nautilus collection. At the center of the caliber is a unidirectional 21-carat gold rotor that is finished to a high quality. It also features 35 jewels, a straight-line lever escapement, shock absorber mechanism a self-compensating flat balance spring and a monometallic balance, adjusted to cold, heat, isochronism and 6 positions. The movement beats at 4hz and has a 45-55 hour power reserve.
This Patek Philippe 40th Anniversary Nautilus Ref. 5976/1G-001 comes with its original cork box (reminiscent of the original 1976 Nautilus box), Certificate of Origin and extra links.
Brand: Patek Philippe
Movement: Caliber CH28-520
Case Diameter: 44mm / White Gold
Year: 2017 (sold)
Box and Papers: Full Set.