How Difficult is it to get a Patek Philippe 5711

How Difficult is it to get a Patek Philippe 5711
How Difficult is it to get a Patek Philippe 5711?

Although it is difficult is it to get a Patek Philippe 5711, we can still appreciate its value from afar. The Patek Philippe Nautilus self-winding 5711 in steel is in such high demand that, some experts are saying it might take 10 years to get your hands on this fantastic timepiece.

The Nautilus line of elegant sports timepieces was launched in 1976 and has models in steel, rose gold, white gold and two-tone combinations. However it is the steel version with the black-blue embossed dial which so many collectors are clamoring for.

How Difficult is it to get a Patek Philippe 5711?

The Nautilus 5711 has a round octagonal shape of the bezel. It is built to look like the porthole construction that is often found in yachts all over the world. This specific design lends itself to the idea that the Patek Philippe Nautilus is the premier yacht owner’s timepiece.

The Rolex is known for its Oyster watch design. However, Patek is similarly known for its Octagonal porthole design. Both designs are so widely recognized, that a casual observer will know you are wearing a Rolex or Patek, even from a distance.

The 5711 has a self-winding movement caliber 26-330 S C. The date window is in an aperture at the 3 o’clock position. There is a sapphire crystal on both the front and back of the timepiece so that the owner of this beautiful work of art can enjoy the mechanical movement when not wearing the watch. Although it is only water resistant to 120 meters, this is still considered one of the finest timepieces for ocean dwellers.

The case is a reasonable 40 mm in width, but a slender 8.3 mm in height. This is a size that is generally considered the perfect size for most wrists. Incidentally, it is 4 mm smaller in diameter to its Rolex Yacht-master II counterpart – making it more universally acceptable. And, although it has a stunning blue color (darker than the Rolex Yacht-Master II) it has a more reserved style and universal appeal.

How Difficult is it to get a Patek Philippe 5711
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Unraveling the Mystery of the Success of the Patek Philippe 5711

The current version of the 5711 appeared in 2006. The automatic caliber was included in the design. Although the published price of the timepiece comes out to a fairly expensive $30,000, which is nearly 3 times the cost for a steel Rolex timepiece, it would be next to impossible to acquire the timepiece for such a “paltry” sum. Current searches reveal that even used 5711s are going for nearly 3 times that price on after-market sales websites. In order to get a new one, you would need to be on an exclusive client list, or know someone in the business.

The Patek Philippe company has been making timepieces since 1839. One of the oldest watchmakers in the world, the company has been under the guarded care of the Stern family since 1932. Although the company could make a fortune in additional revenue by making more 5711s, the firm has held its course and plans to continue to produce the same volume of the highly desired timepiece each year.

Demand for the watch has driven up prices to nearly 5 times its recommended manufacturer’s price. The most sought-after 5711’s have the Tiffany name emblazoned on the dial. Tiffany & Company is the only company given that honor today.

But none of this uncovers the success of the 5711 and answers the question of why it is so difficult is it to get a Patek Philippe 5711 today. Most collectors look at the steel version of the 5711 and find that it is more classy and sporty than the gold version. However, the blue dial is gorgeous and eye-catching. It looks splendid with a suit or with khakis. The date window is visible and yet doesn’t have a cyclops lens to tear you away from the diminutive beauty of the timepiece.

The size of the timepiece is both perfect for men and for women. Many women are enjoying the 40 mm 5711 timepieces even though most manufacturers market smaller watch designs encrusted with jewels and diamonds to them.

How Difficult is it to get a Patek Philippe 5711
Strap for Patek Philippe Nautilus YG – Arctic White Vulcanized Rubber B strap

Rubber B has developed 6 stunning bands for the Patek Phillippe 5711 timepiece. The Rubber B Vulcanized Rubber strap is engineered to fit the Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711 case and deployant buckle. This strap is only compatible with the models which come on a leather/crocodile strap.

All Rubber B bracelets are made in Switzerland of pure vulcanized rubber. No coating, blends or bonding are used in the process, making these bands
non-toxic, non-marking, and non-allergenic.

The most stunning part of the band is that it actually matches the embossed features found on the dial throughout the band itself. You can find more information about our bands for the 5711 here.

How Difficult is it to get a Patek Philippe 5711
Strap for Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711 WG / RG / YG

So if you are thinking of buying an automatic Patek Philippe Ref. 5711 in stainless steel with a black-blue dial, you may want to think again. As the Nautilus sports watch line, which includes the Ref. 5711, has been produced without interruption for as long as 43 years. However, these particular watches are widely considered to be among the rarest in production. The reason for that is the high demand for the Patek Philippe 5711 in particular, having surpassed supply in recent years that neither Patek Philippe nor any of its retailers will simply sell one.

It is estimated, that it could take up to 8 years to get this particular model if you can get on the waiting list. The individuals selected that make it to the waiting list have to be interviewed and carefully vetted clients who withstand longstanding relationships with Patek Philippe.

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