This exceptional Nautilus chronograph is believed to be the first and so far only example of a reference 5980/1400G-010 to appear in public. Fresh to the market and in virtually unworn condition it can be considered the most important reference 5980 to ever be offered publicly.
Part of the iconic Nautilus collection originally launched in 1976, this specimen is set apart from its peers by its gorgeous diamond-setting and rare 18K white gold case and bracelet. Set with an impressive total of 893 diamonds weighing approximately 4.468 cts and 182 baguette-cut diamonds weighing 15.46 cts, it may have been born from a special request by one of Patek Philippe's esteemed clients. Unavailable to the public, the present Nautilus is offered in unworn overall condition, with its Certificate of Origin, dated 30 December 2017, accompanying accessories and Patek Philippe wooden presentation box.
Making its debut in 2006, the Patek Philippe Nautilus reference 5980 was introduced on the occasion of the Basel Fair during the 30th anniversary of the iconic reference 3700/1. As a vital complication of a sports watch, the reference is equipped with a chronograph function and the renowned “bull’s eye” subsidiary dial. First seen on reference 5960, this design captivated the heart of collectors by showcasing the hours in the inner part of the dial and minutes on the outer ring. Reference 5980 is fitted with Patek Philippe’s entirely in-house made chronograph calibre 28-520 C.
Calibre 28-520 C was originally created for the reference 5960, Patek Philippe’s first self-winding chronograph with annual calendar. It was later adjusted to the reference 5980 without the date display.
Possibly the most recognizable wristwatch made by Patek Philippe, the Nautilus was designed by Gérald Genta, its form inspired by the shape of a ship’s porthole. With its generous proportions, unusual case design striking the perfect balance between sporting, elegant and understatement, and the very robust construction, the first foray of Patek Philippe into the world of sports watches quickly became a worldwide commercial success, and marked the beginning of the Nautilus legend.