The Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712/1A is one of the most coveted watches in the world. This reference is considerably more desirable and elusive than the 5711/1A predecessor. The 5711/1A and 5712/1A share some commonalities, such as their case and the delicacy of their bracelet. However, due to the 5712/1A’s elaborate case construction and 240 PS IRM C LU movement, the 5712/1A is in a class of its own.
The Nautilus’ original design started with the 3700/1 reference materialized by legendary designer Gerald Genta. Gerald took inspiration from the shape of the porthole of a transatlantic liner when developing the case. The watch has a wide bezel and “ears” on each side eliciting the large hinges of the watertight windows. The 40mm case is a three-part production and is world-class. The octagonal-shaped bezel has a brushed finish and polished beveled edges.
The dial is where the 5712/1A lends a lot of charm to the overall aesthetic. The distinctive dial configuration appeals to many whereas others find it to be unbalanced. Making the dial even more beloved to those who find harmony in the disharmony. The stainless hand-finished watch finds complexity with a gradient dial that fades from light silver to blue at the center to dark blue toward the periphery. The complication of the 5712/1A is another attraction of the watch, offering a date, power reserve, and moon phase.