The blue dial replica Patek Philippe Nautilus Chronograph Ref. 5976/1G 40th Anniversary Limited Edition, a …
The moon-and-date version of the mens Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712 replica watch isn’t really a new watch, as a previous version, the 2005 Ref. 3712, was already in the collection. The new kid is now named reference 5712 and retains its slightly unbalanced and messy but oh-so charming display, featuring hours and minutes on the central axis, a small-second at 4:30, a date-by-hand with Moonphase at 7 and a power-reserve indicator at 10:30. Overall, the watch is visually the same as the 5711, sharing the same case and bracelet, the same shape for the hands and the indexes and the same color and grooves for the dial. What differs is the display and movement that goes alongside.
Case: the 5712 shares its case with the 5711, meaning a 3-part construction with sapphire caseback (vs. monobloc with sapphire caseback for the 3712), Water resistance is 60m on both.
If compared to the short-lasting (one year only) ref. 3712-1A, the new fake Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712-1A seems completely similar… but in fact, it has changed, mainly in the details.In this case, we are facing an update, which goes in line with the novelties introduced by the 5711.
Crown: large screw-down crown on the 5712. Smaller push-piece on the 3712.
Bracelet: The 5712 has flat central links, while the 3712 had rounded central links. Both share a modern triple folding buckle.
Dial: Both have the signature gradient blue dial, with horizontal grooves. It’s difficult to judge on photos (official or not) if the color is exactly the same, but it seems very close. Some differences can be noticed though. First, the tiny index at 7, below the date ring, has been removed on the 5712. Then, the index at 6 is cut on the 5712, while rectangular on the 3712. The major update concerns the moon-and-date sub-dial, which is now larger on the 5712, with taller numerals for the date, and all placed in the reading direction (while concentric on the 3712). All the hands are equal however.
Hinges / ears: just like introduced on the time-and-date 5711, the case now shows curved ears instead of straight ones
Size: the 5712 has a slightly larger diameter at 43mm versus 42mm for the 3712 (from ear to ear), and 40mm from 10 to 4.
Thickness: The 5712 is a tiny bit thicker, at 8.52mm versus 8.37mm for the 2005 edition. This is due to the different construction of the case.
Apart from the steel version of the moon-and-date Nautilus (ref 5712-1A), Patek also introduced the same year a pink gold version, the Ref. 5712R.
Even if we’re not going to cover in this retrospective all the versions of each new model, the 5712R is important as it was the first Nautilus to come on the leather bracelet we know today on this model, meaning that the watch keeps its case intact and even feature the first central link of the metallic bracelet, on which the leather strap is attached. Such combination can still be found on most of the steel fake PP Nautilus watch editions.