Patek Philippe Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph 5990/1ASold
Patek Philippe Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph 5990/1A
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The ref. 5990 Nautilus combines the iconic Nautilus looks with two of the most useful complications for the watch lover on the move: the chronograph and the dual-time function.And the cool thing about the 5990 is that the addition of all these complications neither makes the watch look affected or too busy. Indeed, you can trust the Patek design team to make a highly complicated watch look balanced and well-thought out.This reference 5990 features a 40.5 mm stainless steel case with the iconic hinged octagonal Gerald Genta design. The watch, of course, comes with the well-known integrated stainless steel Nautilus bracelet. A transparent sapphire crystal case back displays the exquisitely finished caliber CH 28‑520 C FUS automatic movement with a 21k yellow-gold rotor.The resplendent embossed features a lovely dégradé effect that shifts from mid-grey in the centre of the dial to black on the edges. The 5990 does not contain any old chronograph but a highly complicated flyback one that allows the wearer to reset the central chronograph hand without having to pause it first. An additional skeletonised hour hand allows the wearer to easily keep track of a second time zone.Due to the inclusion of the chronograph function on the 5990, the running seconds hand is relocated to a large sub-register at the six o'clock position, while a sub-register at the twelve o’clock position displays the date functionality. Meanwhile, the AM/PM indicators at the three and nine positions make it easy to see whether it’s day or night in the local and home time zones.This ref. 5990 dates back to 2019 and comes as a full set with the original box and papers.
Patek PhilippePatek Philippe’s mechanical masterpieces are usually made from precious metals but its sporty steel Nautilus and Aquanaut lines have been popular as well since their introduction in the 1970s and 1990s, respectively.NautilusAfter the roaring success of Audemars Piguet’s Gerald Genta-designed Royal Oak, Patek decided that it also needed its own luxury steel sports watch.As the story goes, Gerald Genta drew the initial design of the Nautilus while observing a group of Patek executives having dinner during the Baselworld watch fair. When the Nautilus was introduced in 1976 it was advertised as a watch that worked equally well with a wet suit as with a dinner suit. Not quite incidentally, it was also the most expensive steel sports watch available in the market.Ever since the very first Nautilus, the Patek and Nautilus names have become inseparable. Over the years, many variations, with different materials, dial colors and layouts, and complications, have been added to the Nautilus lineup. However, Genta’s original design elements have remained in all these executions: a rounded octagonal bezel inspired by the portholes of a ship with ‘ears’ on the sides of the case that look like the hinges of a porthole.
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