Before I started this website, I was already known to be one of the biggest watch purchase instigators out there, every time I would post comments or post pictures on different watch fora —or forums as most people prefer to pluralize the word as such. In only two years of existence, we have positioned our website as one of the leading watch destinations for 'top-notch' watch content with amazing live photography and barely any stock images as many other watch blogs or watch websites do. Furthermore, we are perhaps the biggest instigators of watch purchases when watch collectors are seeking for that little push as they are standing on the edge of a watch purchase. This time, we will limit the use of words for this watch review and let the images do the real talking. When it comes to a watch like the Patek Philippe Nautilus ref. 5980/1R-001, really how much there is to review or say about the watch. We all know how iconic the Nautilus line is —launched in 1976 and still looking timeless— and we also know what makes this Patek Philippe chronograph one of the best watches out there.
This watch is only available in 18K rose gold or in a 'two-tone' variation ref. 5980/1AR-001 in a combination of stainless steel and 18K rose gold with a gorgeous blue dial inspired by the color of the dial on the first Patek Philippe Nautilus ref. 3700. Now let's try to instigate a few of you with our breathtaking images. Yes, we feel that there are no other images on the whole web that can portray the beauty of this watch like these do.
The Patek Philippe Nautilus ref. 5980/1R-001 with its 40.5 mm case is perfect in terms of size and wearability.
Its black gradient dial, a true chameleon depending on lighting conditions is really more of a smoky brown or graphite gray. Its rose gold applied markers with luminescent material along with the white accents of the monocounter chrono-register provide just the right amount of contrast. No less, no more.
The satin-brushed finish along with its contrasting highly polished areas around the bezel, case, crown, case back, bracelet and chamfers make this watch one of the best finished watches in 18K rose gold we have ever reviewed. This is a Nautilus that can compete with the ultra special finish of any Audemars Piguet Royal Oak or Royal Oak Offshore.
The bracelet, perfectly constructed and very solid —unlike the bracelet on the stainless steel reference— is a pure treat for the eyes and extremely comfortable to wear.
The Patek Philippe Nautilus ref. 5980/1R-001 is powered by the automatic Patek Philippe chronograph calibre CH 28-520 C with 12-hour monocounter chronograph. The calibre is composed of 327 exceptionally finished parts, 35 jewels and 13 bridges. The calibre provides a power reserve of 55 hours when fully wound while beating at a frequency of 28,800 vph and is fully visible via the display case back.
On the wrist, the watch wears true to its size and with exceptional wrist presence. Just wait till you try it on at the authorized dealer so you understand what we really mean. There are 18K rose gold watches and then there's the Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980/1R-001.
Sticker Price $91,400 USD. For more info on Patek Philippe click here.