Patek Philippe
Nautilus ref. 5800 | steel

Ref. 5800/1A-001

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Patek Philippe
Nautilus ref. 5800 | steel

Ref. 5800/1A-001

Regular price

More than forty years have passed since the introduction of the original Patek Philippe Nautilus and this now classic timepiece, is more popular than ever. Originally unveiled in the mid-1970s and designed by the legendary Gérald Genta, the Nautilus has become a veritable horological icon thanks to its pioneering role amongst high-end, luxury sports watches.

History of the Nautilus

The early 1970s was a time of great change within the watch industry. At the time of its release, the world was already shifting towards highly-commercialised, quartz watchmaking. In 1969 Seiko launched the first quartz wristwatch, and its success drove the mechanical watch industry to critically low levels of production by the early 1980s.

Furthermore, the concept of a luxury watch in steel was a truly revolutionary idea.  In 1976, the introduction of Patek Philippe’s Nautilus firmly altered the direction of luxury sports watch design – offering a true competitor to Audemars Piguet's then four-year-old Royal Oakequally designed by Mr Genta. The Nautilus offered a different take on the idea of a luxury sports watch, though - like the Royal Oak - it was made in stainless steel for the standard version.

The original ref. 3700/001A was not only unprecedented in its design, but also in its initial pricing to consumers. When the Nautilus was released, the retail price for the watch was $3,100 - considerable for the time, and comparable to many of Patek Philippe’s gold dress watches. 

The reference 5800

In 2006, Patek Philippe released the reference 5800/1A-001 (exclusively in steel) - featuring an automatic 330 calibre (SC) and ‘ridged' blue dial, with horizontal grooves. The 5800 marked the return of the mid-size Nautilus, previously discontinued in the early 2000s (as the ref. 3800). Examples of the reference 5800 were produced for a limited time (approximately one year), representing an exceptionally rare and highly-collectable modern Patek Philippe.

The 5800 re-interprets a number of signature design elements from the original Nautilus - mostly notably, the monobloc case construction (with integrated sapphire case-back) - the only reference from the modern collection (2006) to do so. Similar to its earlier, mid-size predecessor, the 5800 measures 38.4mm (up from 37.5mm), comfortably suited to most wrist sizes. The steel, two-piece case provides water resistance up to 120m, further featuring a screw-down crown.

This steel, Nautilus 5800 watch is the perfect balance between utilitarian function and elegant design. The case and bracelet are excellently finished, with beveled, polished and granular surfaces. The steel bracelet has virtually no stretch. At 38.4mm in diameter, and only 7.8mm thick, the 5800 case is a unique twist of perspectives and size. The ‘ridged’ blue dial includes all the traditional indications of a time-only watch, with applied hour-markers and Nautilus hands (with luminescent inserts).

The movement 

The reference 5800/1A-001 is powered by Patek Philippe’s in-house calibre 330 SC, visible through the sapphire display-back. It features 29 jewels, a straight-line lever escapement, shock absorber mechanism a self-compensating flat balance spring and a monometallic balance, adjusted to cold, heat, isochronism and 5 positions. Furthermore, the solid-gold rotor is finished in classic Patek Philippe style, with circular Geneva stripes.

The set

This Patek Philippe ref. 5800 Nautilus comes with its original box, outer box, Certificate of Origin, leather pouch and product literature.

Viewings can be arranged in Central London by appointment.

Brand: Patek Philippe
Model: Nautilus Ref. 5800/1A-001
Movement: mechanical automatic Calibre 330 SC
Functions: date, hours, minutes, central seconds
Features: display back
Case: 38 mm stainless steel
Crystal: sapphire front and back
Bracelet: steel integrated bracelet
Year: 2009
Box & papers: box, outer box, Certificate of Origin, leather pouch and product literature
This Patek Philippe Nautilus 5800 comes with its original box, Certificate of Origin and product literature. The case is excellent condition and appears unpolished, though shows a small number of minor imperfections throughout. These include a small scuff on the bezel at 5 o'clock, a graze on the case itself at 7 o'clock and superficial marks throughout (consistent with occasional use). The original integrated bracelet has 23 links total (not including the end-links), 9 of which are removable. The bracelet also features the correct reference code engraving. It is guaranteed for authenticity and comes with a two-year warranty from A Collected Man.

All of our pre-owned watches have undergone thorough mechanical inspections, including being ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and resealed if appropriate and tested for at least four days, to ensure they meet our highest timekeeping standards. Our pre-owned and vintage watches, unless stated otherwise, are covered by a full or a limited twenty-four month warranty. For example, due to their age, some vintage watches should not be subjected to the same conditions as when they were new. Please see our Terms & Conditions for further information. 

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We offer complimentary worldwide delivery on our watches. If ordering from overseas, delivery will depend on the value of the timepiece and the destination. All import taxes and duties are the responsibility of the buyer.

If ordering from the UK before 1 PM, your watch will be sent the same working day. The courier will depend on the value of the watch, with all watches delivered the next working day.

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