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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: Circa 2008
    Reference No: 5980/1A-001
    Movement No: 3’665’453
    Case No: 4’567’623
    Model Name: Nautilus
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 28-520 C, 35 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Patek Philippe bracelet, max length 210mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Patek Philippe deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 43.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin dated 20th March 2008 stamped Boodles Ltd, instruction manual, product literature, leather folio, setting pin, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Introduced in 2006, Patek Philippe released the Nautilus ref. 5980 along with ref. 5711 and ref. 5712 marking a new era for the coveted model. Regarded as a major breakthrough, the ref. 5980 was the first Nautilus to incorporate a chronograph function powered by the firm’s very first in-house self-winding chronograph cal. CH 28-520. Stepping away from the usual chronograph layout, the dial is further simplified via a co-axial subsidiary dial combining all registers into one.

    The reference was first introduced in stainless steel with a blue ribbed dial and was available in 18K pink gold with a leather strap for early examples, a stainless steel variant with black dial was introduced later and the latest iteration in 18K pink gold features a black ribbed dial and an integrated bracelet. Discontinued in 2014, stainless steel examples of the reference are among one of the most sought after timepieces in the market in recent times.

    The present example Patek Philippe Nautilus ref. 5980/1A-001 with a blue dial from circa 2008 is a well-preserved early example of the coveted model bearing still the Geneva seal stamped on the movement before it was changed to the Patek Philippe seal in 2009. Offered with its full set of accessories, the present example of the reference will surely delight collectors looking to acquire one of the most iconic timepieces released by Patek Philippe in recent times that is no longer available in the boutique.

  • Maker Biography

    Patek Philippe

    Swiss • 1839

    Since its founding in 1839, this famous Geneva-based firm has been surprising its clientele with superbly crafted timepieces fitted with watchmaking's most prestigious complications. Traditional and conservative designs are found across Patek Philippe's watches made throughout their history — the utmost in understated elegance.

    Well-known for the Graves Supercomplication — a highly complicated pocket watch that was the world’s most complicated watch for 50 years — this family-owned brand has earned a reputation of excellence around the world. Patek's complicated vintage watches hold the highest number of world records for results achieved at auction compared with any other brand. For collectors, key models include the reference 1518, the world's first serially produced perpetual calendar chronograph, and its successor, the reference 2499. Other famous models include perpetual calendars such as the ref. 1526, ref. 3448 and 3450, chronographs such as the reference 130, 530 and 1463, as well as reference 1436 and 1563 split seconds chronographs. Patek is also well-known for their classically styled, time-only "Calatrava" dress watches, and the "Nautilus," an iconic luxury sports watch first introduced in 1976 as the reference 3700 that is still in production today.

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Ref. 5980/1A-001
A very fine and rare stainless steel flyback chronograph wristwatch with date, bracelet, Certificate of Origin and presentation box


Circa 2008
43.5mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

HK$350,000 - 620,000 

Sold for HK$819,000

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi

Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XI

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2020