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Lot #1739

Patek Philippe Nautilus Chronograph Blue Dial 5980/1A

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Released in 1976 as Patek Philippe's response to the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, an avant-garde luxury stainless steel sports watch borne from AP's necessity to survive the Quartz Crisis, the Nautilus was Patek Philippe's attempt to go head to head with AP's increasingly popular sports watch. Designed by Gerald Genta, the same man that had designed the Royal Oak, the Nautilus was inspired by a porthole and thus features a rounded-over octagonal bezel and hinge-like protrusions on either side of its case. Featuring its signature horizontally embossed dial and iconic integrated bracelet, the Nautilus has become the most sought-after watch in the market today as collectors clamor over examples thanks to its iconic design, extreme exclusivity, and impeccable craftsmanship.

Released in 2006, the Patek Philippe Nautilus ref. 5980R combines the heritage of the Nautilus collection with a practical and brilliantly designed chronograph complication that speaks to the mechanical elegance and sophisticated design we have come to expect from Patek Philippe. Water-resistant to a rather impressive 120m, and featuring its signature co-axial chronograph counter at 6 o’clock, the ref. 5980 allows its wearer to track both the elapsed minutes and hours all on the same subdial. Beyond the Nautilus’ history, elegant design, and useful function, the Nautilus ref. 5980 is amongst one of the Nautilus’ rarest variants. Retaining its base model’s signature blue gradient dial and stainless steel construction, the ref. 5980 is undeniably recognizable as a Nautilus, one of the most sought-after watches on the market for the last handful of years.

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M 8.5


Vetted & Approved


Box and Papers

Est. value range

$80,000 – $120,000

The Details


Patek Philippe


40.5mm x 12.2mm


Nautilus Chronograph


Automatic cal. CH 28‑520 C




Stainless steel bracelet






Stainless steel


Watch, box and papers

Dial Color



With its large white co-axial chronograph counter at 6 o’clock, the ref. 5980's stunning blue dial is visually distinctive from its time-only sibling, the ref. 5711.


With its exhibition caseback, the Patek Philippe ref. 5980's cal. CH 28‑520 C finishing is proudly displayed alongside its 22k yellow gold winding rotor, a mesmerizing sight for even the most seasoned collectors.


This reading was taken (crown down) with a ONEOF Accuracy Boutique Edition timing machine at time of cataloging. It is provided as a courtesy only, and shall not be construed as a warranty or guarantee of any kind. Please refer to our terms and conditions of sale for more information.


Watch is in excellent condition, showing minor wear on the case. There are scratches and some minor dings as shown on the bezel, as well as along the rest of the case and bracelet, commensurate with light use over the last 15 years. Dial is in near-mint condition showing no visible wear. The band has little stretch, and has 21 graduated links total- 3 of which are removable. There are 2 links that were previously removed that are included with the watch but not pictured.

Our Perspective

One of the Nautilus' most coveted variants, the ref. 5980 combines Patek Philippe's watchmaking guile with an intelligent design that is user-friendly and visually unique.

Eric Ku