In 2006, Patek Philippe
released the reference 5712/1A-001
- featuring an ultra-thin, calibre 240 PS IRM C LU
, with off-centre micro-rotor. The 5712
marked the return of the moon-and-date
version of the Nautilus
, previously seen in the ref. 3712
, from 2005.
Early examples of the Nautilus
are now highly sought-after by collectors, commanding increasing prices in the vintage market. With an ever-growing waiting list, demand for the 5712 has also increased
in recent years. This 5712/1A-001
is from 2012 and comes with its original box, Certificate of Origin and product literature.
re-interprets a number of signature design elements from the original Nautilus - mostly notably, the gradient blue dial, with horizontal grooves. Similar to its predecessor, the 5712
measures 43mm (up from 42mm), classing it amongst the ‘Jumbo’ collection. The steel, three-piece case provides water resistance up to 60m, further featuring a large screw-down crown. The reference 5712
features Patek Philippe’s
modern interpretation of the Nautilus
case, with 3-part construction, sapphire case-back and curved ‘ears’.
This steel, Nautilus 5712/1A-001
watch is an excellent balance between function and classic design. The case and bracelet are excellently finished, with beveled, polished and granular surfaces. The steel bracelet has virtually no stretch, with flat central links. At 43mm in diameter, and 8.52 mm thick, the 5712
case is a unique twist of perspectives and size. The ‘ridged’ blue dial
includes a power reserve indication
(at half past 10), date and moon display
(at 7 o’clock) and a small second
at 4. It additionally features all the traditional indications of a time-only watch, with applied hour-markers and Nautilus
hands (with luminescent inserts).
The reference 5712/1A-001
is powered by Patek Philippe’s
in-house calibre 240 PS IRM C LU
(for petite seconde, indication de réserve de marche, calendrier et lune – small second, power reserve indicator, date and moon), 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 22k solid-gold micro-rotor is finished in classic Patek Philippe
style, with Geneva stripes.
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