Patek Philippe Chronograph Nautilus, 5980A/1A-001, Stainless Steel

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Here is a Patek Philippe Chronograph Nautilus 5980A/1A-001* from 2009, in stainless steel. The reference is a particularly important update to the story of the Nautilus, representing the first time the line incorporated a chronograph, that too of the flyback variety. This example also notably features the Geneva Seal, one of the last to do so, as the historic Geneva house started phasing it out the same year this was retailed. This well-preserved example of this now-discontinued reference comes with a certificate of origin from the brand as well as its original box and paperwork.

Our five favourite chronograph

If you ask just about any vintage watch enthusiast, the likelihood is that the chronograph will be their favourite complication. At first glance, it appears simple, almost trivial. However, with a myriad of different designs and functions, few complications have been as significant over the past century, as the chronograph.

As with many things in modern horology, these were first developed as tools, to be used during exhilarating car races, meticulous medical examinations or in more frivolous pursuits. Nowadays, choosing whether to have a chronograph or not is a matter of taste, rather than a question of functionality. It is a choice imbued with romanticism and nostalgia for the past.