Posted 2010-04-30 in Watch

Kristian's corner: Inspired by Jules Verne and designed by Gerald Genta


Let's give a warm welcome to Kristian Haagen. Kristian, who is based in Copenhagen, is one of those original watch idiot savants with an unbridled enthusiasm for exquisite horology that's almost exhausting at times. Apart from his column here at JamesList, Kristian runs the watch resource site TimeGeeks, along with a monthly e-zine. An accomplished writer, you can take a look at some of Kristian's work here. This week, he takes a closer look at a tool watch classic, the Patek Philippe Nautilus. Take it away, mr. Haagen!


The Patek Philippe Nautilus is a modern classic. First introduced in 1976 and designed by legendary Gerald Genta, who also designed the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and Bvlgari Bvlgari, among others.

The revamped Nautilus hat was introduced for the 30th anniversary for the legendary ticker, featuring an improved bracelet, screw-down crown and inhouse movement, just to mention a few of the novel features that makes the ref. 5711 more sturdy compared to the original version.


Yours truly fell in love with the Patek Philippe Nautilus when I was a lad of six years old (in 1976), flipping through yet another National Geographic. A large sword dominated the advert and as any other kid in that age, becoming a swordsman was high on the career list. Hence the fascination of Patek Philippe, not least the Nautilus that was the hero of the advert.

A few years ago I had a grown-up moment and decided to purchase the ref. 5711 Nautilus, feeling very proud of myself and my choice of fine Swiss horology. The blue dial and striking movement with the 22 carat gold rotor that is visible through the sapphire glass back, makes this watch centre of attention when time geeks gather to drool over each others timepieces.

When wearing a Patek Philippe Nautilus, the watch gets the full attention – not the actual wearer. This is the pleasant thing about this unique Swiss and independent brand. Onlookers in the know appreciates that it is a Patek. Not just another expensive watch.


This particular Patek, listed at €16,500, is now for sale at JamesList.