The history of Patek Philippe Nautilus

Watches Patek Philippe Nautilus

The history of Patek Philippe’s Nautilus watch starts in 1976 in Geneva, under the leadership of Gerald Genta. At a time when all luxury watches absolutely had to be made of pure gold, the steel Nautilus left the world of watchmaking bewildered.

Through its unique design and the original shape of its casing, the Nautilus broke new ground in the world of fine watchmaking: with an octagonal lens, soft edges and hinges on each side of the casing, the Nautilus was truly unique.

From the outset, the Nautilus was waterproof at depths of up to 120 meters: an outstanding achievement for a mass-produced watch. The impressive size of the Nautilus’s casing was controversial upon its launch, but over the course of time it became one of the brand’s major selling points. Over the years Nautilus attracted female attention as well and a more subtle ladies’ version, the 4700, appeared in 1980.

Perfectly suited for a new generation that demanded challenging and dynamic experiences, Patek Philippe’s Nautilus is its owner’s constant companion, at work, while playing sport, or over the weekend. With a seemingly infinite variety of different versions available, the Nautilus features a variety of materials – to the delight of collectors.

In 2006, to celebrate the Nautilus’s thirtieth anniversary, Patek Philippe launched the new generation Nautilus, with a case design that can hold its own for strength against any rival.

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