A watch that barely needs any introduction at all: the Patek Philippe 5980/1A stainless steel Nautilus chronograph.
Only recently discontinued, it was always criminally under-supplied for its entire life run. This particular very fine example is dated to 2012 and has just returned from a check up and service from Patek themselves. The warranty of the service and service stickers attest to this watch’s state of preservation after the service.
The blue dial of the 5980/1a gives a certain confidence that few watches have. It’s the progeny of the first luxury sport watch of the 1970s, created by the famed Gerald Genta. There are few that stand shoulder-to-shoulder with this powerhouse, and his designs are still sought after today.
35 jewels support a complication acknowledged by many to be the best chronograph of our time. The use of modern technologies also provides sleekness to the already svelte and sexy piece. Patek employed zirconia oxide ball bearings, a calibre CH28250 movement, and a unique column wheel construction, which is not featured in less precious pieces due to the difficulty of manufacture.
It doesn’t take long to notice that this Nautilus makes use of alternately brushed and polished surfaces to bring majesty to its rounded square case. It has not one sharp edge, but instead beautiful lines and beveled edges. This is reflected in the polished striped dial and its iconic horizontal lines, which seem to etch themselves into every collector’s mind at some point in their horologic journeys.
Partially shielded pushers have a positive click and initiate the turning of the single special designed chrono indicator, the like of which has not been used by Patek before. It is no coincidence that this case appeals to admirers of automotive arts as no less care was put into its construction.
Model: PP5980/1A-001 “blue gradient dial”
Metal: Stainless Steel
Water Resistance: 400ft
Comes with: bracelet, boxes and papers including some documents from Patek Phillipe.
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