A watch that barely needs any introduction at all, the Patek Philippe 5980/1A stainless steel Nautilus chronograph.
Only recently discontinued, but always under supplied 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, assuring with this some warranty of the service and service stickers attest to this watches state of preservation after the service. We call it Minty…
The blue face of the 5980/1a glints a certain confidence that few watches have. It has the confidence of being the progeny of the first luxury sport watch of the 1970’s, created by the famed Gerald Genta. There are few that stand shoulder-to-shoulder with this powerhouse and his designs which are still sought after today.
Sandwiched between two sapphire viewing windows are 35 jewels supporting 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, not featured in less precious pieces due to the difficulty in manufacture.
It doesn’t take long to notice that the Nautilus makes use of alternately brushed and polished surfaces to bring majesty to its rounded square case that 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 as not been used by Patek before. It is no co-incidence 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.