One day a week ago I got a call from a watchfriend ... "Are you interested in Patek Nautilus Chrono ??  " he asked. To be honnest I'm not a Patek addict, I like a few models of them, but the ones I like are mostly out of my budget and to small for my taste, that said I know they are the Rolls Royce in watchland, finishing and quality are at a top level there isn't the slightest doubt about that. So, yes I was a 'bit' interested but not like I was all over it :)), I did some homework on the ref. 5980, and discovered it's a much wanted piece, more in the beginning when it came out in 2006 than now, but still it has much interest. Considering the hefty price of 30K €, for a steel watch, I was a bit doubting on what to do. Having bad experiences in the past with sizes smaller than 40mm, this move could cost me a bit money if I would regret it in a few weeks .... but when trying it on at the AD I had to admit it's a beauty in a style of his own, you recognize immediately the Gerald Genta design of the AP ROO in it, a real 70'ies icon !! The dial has a nice dark grey blue tone and ... and yes I liked it. Quiet different from all the bigger Panerais, JLC's, ROO's that I have. To resume like Kristian Haagen said to me .... it's Paaaaateeeeeek my friend :):) ... let's hope he's right.


here's the press release from the 2006 new Nautilus series :
Movement Caliber CH 28-520 CSelf-winding mechanical movement, column wheel-chronograph,sweep seconds (chronograph hand)Diameter: 30 mmHeight: 6.63 mmNumber of parts: 327Number of jewels: 35Power reserve: Max. 55 hoursWinding rotor: Central rotor in 21K gold, unidirectional winding; oil-free ball bearing with zirconium ballsBalance: Four-arm Gyromax with four inertia blocksFrequency: 28,800 semi-oscillations/hour (4 Hz)Balance spring: BreguetFunctions: Two-position crown:– Pulled out: Setting the time– Pushed in: WindingDisplays: Center hour and minute handsSweep chrono/seconds handDual subsidiary counter dial at 6 o'clock with– 60-minute counter (counts elapsed minutes on two concentric scales from 0 to 30 and 30 to 60, respectively)– 12-hour counterDisplay apertures:Quick-action date at 3 o'clock according to a 1991 Patek Philippe patent (date change in less than one-tenth of a second)Function buttons:– Chronograph start and stop at 2 o’clock– Chronograph hand reset and flyback at 4 o’clockCorrector push pieces: Rapid date correction at 8 o'clock (setting stylus in ebony and white gold)FeaturesCase: Three-part case (back, caseband, bezel)Stainless steel, sapphire-crystal caseback, water-resistant screwdown crownBezel with vertical satin finish Water-resistant to 120 metersCase dimensions: 3 to 9 o’clock: 44 mm (including hinges)3 to 9 o’clock including crown: 45.60 mm6 to 12 o’clock: 38.50 mm (bezel); 45.52 mm (including lug links)2 to 8 o’clock: 40.50 mmHeight: 12.16 mmDial: Gradation from dark blue in the middle to black at the periphery,horizontal embossed pattern9 applied baton hour markers in 18K white gold with luminous coatingBaton-style hour and minute hands in 18K white gold with luminous coatingSteel seconds/chronograph hand, sandblasted and rhodiumedMonocounter in rhodiumed subsidiary dialBaton-style hour-counter hand with counterweight, sandblasted and rhodiumed brassArrow-shaped minute-counter hand with counterweight, sandblasted and rhodiumed brass with red lacquered tipBracelet: Stainless steel, middle links polished, outer links satin-finished, stainless steel fold-over