The Nautilus was introduced by Patek Philippe in 1976, a time period when luxury watches were made of precious metals and sporty watches were made of steel. The luxury sports watch was still a foreign concept, but Patek Philippe embraced the idea and advertised the watch as being both “costly” and “steel.” The watch was designed by the legendary watch designer, Gerald Genta, the man who has a handful of successful watches under his belt. Genta was inspired by the portholes on boats, which was his direction for the overall nautical-theme of the watch. This is reflected beautifully in the case shape.
It may be redundant to say why such an iconic piece is so sought after. There are several reasons why many seek to add this to their collection. For one, it simply works. The Nautilus is both dressy and durable, making it fit for any occasion. The design is instantly recognizable, and though it may not be to everyone’s taste, it is mutually respected by all. It comes from a highly regarded watchmaking house with a rich history of its own.
This is one of the most in-demand watches across all brands. Opting to buy pre-owned may be your best chance at picking up a Nautilus because of just how rare it is to find one at an authorized dealer. With Watchbox’s global inventory continuing to expand, we are the best place to start seeking out your Nautilus!
Credited with making the first wristwatch in 1898, Patek Philippe was launched in 1839 by Francois Czapek, a watchmaker, and Antonit Patek, a businessman, who were both Polish immigrants. The original watch crafted by Patek Philippe included a split-seconds hand, perpetual calendar, minute repeater and chronograph. For a company considered new and up-and-coming, this was an impressive feat at the time. In 1932, the company was purchased by the Stern family, and Patek has evolved and come quite a far way from its humble beginnings. In fact, in 2002 alone, the company produced more than 40,000 watches. Today, Patek Philippe watches are still sold for high prices due to their intricate mechanical features and unique look.
While the history and precision timekeeping offered by Patek Philippe watches is appealing, today, this is one of the most well-known brands around the globe. Having been donned on the wrists of celebrities and royals alike, this brand of wristwatch denotes exquisite taste and an appreciation for the finer things in life.
When you purchase pre-owned Patek Philippe watches, you can find newer versions of the timepieces, as well as some of the classic, vintage options that are no longer in production. Do you want to wear the same watch seen on Prince Albert’s wrist? Or, be able to compare your watch the high-class families in Egypt? At WatchBox, our company provides access to years of Patek Philippe models, specializing in only like-new options, to ensure you receive the exquisite timepiece you expect.