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The year of the Patek Philippe Nautilus watch replica was 1976. The Cold War was at the uneasy stage of hiatus known as détente. The Concorde took its inaugural flight across the Atlantic while oil prices continued to spike. Seismic shifts were taking place in the international economic and political spheres. In Geneva, a revolution was brewing that would change the face of the luxury watch industry and stir up no end of extended, opinionated discussion. Out in the wider world, the space race had recently culminated in the joint Apollo-Soyuz mission that saw a US Apollo craft dock with the Soviet Soyuz 19 in space — an extended act of diplomacy.
Audemars Piguet had released their Royal Oak — also a stainless-steel luxury sports watch — four years before, but the prevalent school of thought at the time was still that luxury watches did not come in steel. Luxury watches were made of gold; they fit discreetly on the wrist, with their conservatively shaped and demurely sized cases. Yet here was a timepiece from that revered house of haute horlogerie that not only defied all conventions of mens fake Patek Philippe watch design, but did it with such astounding assertiveness that it left observers quite breathless. The undisputed focus of horological attention that year was the Patek Philippe Nautilus, a stainless-steel watch that famously commanded the price of a gold timepiece.
To this very day, aficionados of the Nautilus (and of its subsequent design offshoot the Aquanaut) count themselves a breed apart from the main body of Patek Philippe collectors. On various online forums, where horological grandstanding waxes fast and furious, the Nautilus is still occasionally snootily dismissed as “not a REAL Patek”. A 42mm diameter. A vigorous, decidedly masculine case profile. An emphatic bezel that combined the geometrical strength of an octagon with the effortless athleticism of a circle.
The features of the Patek Philippe Nautilus may have been a drastic departure from the typical market product available at the time, but they were even more startling when viewed in light of the brand’s existing oeuvre.
The long waiting list for even its basic models and the strength of its performance in the resale market are testaments to the enduring and fundamental desirability of the Nautilus. The 1976 introduction of the Nautilus was a watershed moment in redefining the meaning of a luxury timepiece. Its design pedigree, stemming from one of the most influential names in the industry, cements its current standing as one of the world’s most recognizable mens replica Patek Philippe Nautilus watches.