In 2009 Gerald Genta recalled the moment he created the design for the Nautilus, “I was at the restaurant of a hotel and some people from Patek were sitting in one corner of the dining hall, while I was sitting alone in the other corner. I told the head-waiter: “Bring me a piece of paper and a pencil, I want to design something” and I designed the Nautilus while observing the people from Patek eating! It was a sketch that I completed in 5 minutes."
The fierce rivalry between Audemar Piguet and Patek Philippe was at its peak during the 1970s. Both companies representing the highest echelon of Swiss watchmaking. In the early 70s AP created a watch that defined a new category with the Royal Oak. It was this time Patek created its own sports watch. A watch that would become an instant classic and a favorite among the most discerning watch collectors. That watch was the Nautilus.
The design of the Nautilus came for the shape of a porthole found in ships. The name of the watch inspired by “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” where Nautilus is the submariner used by Captain Nemo. The watch originally launched with water resistance up to 120 meters. Although not designed to be a dive watch, it was capable of withstanding a beating.
With the rounded octagonal shape of its bezel, the ingenious porthole construction of its case, and its horizontally embossed dial, the Nautilus has epitomized the elegant sports watch since 1976. Forty years later, it comprises a splendid collection of models for men and women. In steel, rose gold, white gold or two-tone combinations they accompany the most active lifestyles with incomparable class.
Celebrity fans of the Patek Nautilus includes Nas, Pharrell, Brad Pitt and Conor McGregor.