Few watches have the iconic status of the steel Nautilus, which was first launched by Patek Philippe forty-five years ago in 1976. Showcasing a tactile rugged design that was inspired by the structure and hinges of a ship's porthole, this was something completely fresh and new. Wristwatches made from steel were also something of a novelty from Patek Philippe, with precious platinum and gold being favoured for the majority of their creations. The Nautilus family has grown massively over the past decades, with numerous models being added, and the initial steel 3700/1A reference being replaced by the 5711/1A in 2006. With this last reference being discontinued at the beginning of 2021, Patek Philippe have decided to honour this icon in steel with a special vibrant new dial that will be produced for one year only. Water resistant to 120m, this model continues its original marine theme and showcases a stunning sunburst olive green dial that perfectly captures the colours of the sun-drenched Mediterranean Sea. A 40mm case size ensures this piece will have an elegant presence on the wrist, and can be worn effortlessly from a casual lunch to a black tie event. The perfect finishing touch has been given to this extra special piece, with a bezel set with 3.6ct of shimmering colourless and internally flawless baguette cut diamonds. This showcases superb craftsmanship, with both exacting precision required to cut these stones, and incredible skill to set them into hardwearing steel. The famous self-winding calibre 26-330SC has a strong association with the Nautilus family and powers this model, offering a maximum 45-hour power reserve.
A rare and special piece to be worn now, and looked after for the next generation, this is a stylish way to both honour the famed steel 5711 Nautilus and herald a new beginning, with a dial that symbolises good luck and health.