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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: Circa 2006
    Reference No: 5980/1A-001
    Movement No: 3'665'737
    Case No: 4'383'364
    Model Name: Nautilus
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. CH 28-520 C, 35 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Patek Philippe bracelet, max length 190mm
    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 28th November 2006, leather folio, product literature, hangtag and setting pin.

  • Catalogue Essay

    With the release of the reference 3700 in 1976, Patek Philippe created one of the best stainless steel luxury wristwatches available on the market and in the ensuing 45 years became an unmistakable icon. At the time of launch, Patek Philippe completely revolutionized the concept of a "sports watch" with its water resistant Nautilus case designed by the famed Gerald Genta. The watch was masculine and sporty in nature and could be worn in both casual settings as well as formal affairs.

    Presented in 2006, reference 5980/1A was launched alongside its time-only sibling reference 5711. At the time of launch, it was a completely novel design as the Nautilus model had never incorporated a chronograph function before. While its dial retains the key elements of a Nautilus including a ribbed dial made available in blue or black for stainless steel examples, the indexes are further reminiscent of the indexes used in the refs. 5711 and 5712. Furthermore, to enhance its legibility the chronograph registers are combined as one forming what is dubbed as the “bull’s eye” counter. The reference was available in stainless steel with bracelet, 18K pink gold with a leather strap for early examples and the latest iteration in 18K pink gold with a matching bracelet. Stainless steel examples have been discontinued in 2014, and have been one of the most sought-after Patek Phlippe references since.

    The present specimen Patek Philippe Nautilus ref. 5980/1A-001 in stainless steel with a blue dial bearing a Geneva seal is dated from circa 2006, the very year of the launch is an early example amongst its kind. Extremely well-preserved the present example is further charmed with its Certificate of Origin and accessories.

  • Artist 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 rare, early and attractive stainless steel flyback chronograph wristwatch with date, bracelet and Certificate of Origin

Circa 2006
43.5mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

HK$200,000 - 400,000 

Sold for HK$945,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII

Hong Kong Auctions 25-26 November 2021