Depending on the model, Patek Philippe Nautilus prices range from $30,000 to about $145,000 — if you’re lucky enough to buy them at retail.
However, the price of a Patek Philippe Nautilus on the secondary market is dramatically higher than the manufacturer’s suggested retail prices or MSRP. For instance, the prices of the most popular Patek Nautilus models are astronomical, well into the six-figure domain. Some references are even valued at over half-a-million dollars.
Expect to pay well over $100,000 for a modern steel Nautilus with time and date dials, and well over $200,000 for a gold variant. Complicated Nautilus watches will cost even more with market prices hovering around $138,000 for a steel Nautilus chronograph while the price of the vintage steel Nautilus reference (3700) that launched the collection starts higher than $250,000 due to its grail-status collectability.
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Join us as we take an in-depth look at the costs of Patek Philippe Nautilus watches by not only comparing current market prices (as of August 2022) to current retail prices but also to average market prices from six months ago (February 2022) and one year ago (August 2021).
Whether you’re into vintage models, discontinued references, or current-production watches, here’s everything you need to know about Patek Philippe Nautilus price trends.
A brief history of the Patek Philippe Nautilus
The first Nautilus was designed by Gerald Gentra and released in 1976. This was less than five years after Gentra changed the luxury sports watch industry with his design of the Royal Oak for Audemars Piguet. The Nautilus was Patek’s first sports watch in its 137-year history, opening the brand up to a new demographic of watch enthusiasts.
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What impacts the price of a Patek Philippe Nautilus?
Before we outline specific costs of Nautilus watches, it’s important to understand that certain details will have an impact on the cost. For instance, the age of the Nautilus will affect the price; some vintage Nautilus watches are especially pricey since they are sought-after by collectors.
Furthermore, design details such as sizes, movements, and complications will all factor into the cost of a Patek Philippe Nautilus. Even dial colors are valued differently in the market; while blue-black dials are the signature choice for many collectible Nautilus watches, other shades such as olive green and Tiffany blue are exceedingly expensive.
One of the most important things that will affect the price of a Nautilus is the type of material used, including if the watch is fitted with a metal integrated bracelet or leather strap. Here’s a quick rundown of Nautilus case metals and the letters used to denote them in a reference number:
Understanding the Nautilus Reference Number Structure
- /1 = Metal Bracelet
- A – Acier, French for Steel
- J – Jaune, French for Yellow as in Yellow Gold
- G – Gris, French for Gray, as in Gray Gold a.k.a. White Gold
- R – Rose, French for Pink, as in Pink Gold a.k.a. Rose Gold
- P – Platine, French for Platinum
Patek Philippe Nautilus Price: by reference
How much does a Patek Philippe Nautilus Jumbo cost?
As we’ve mentioned, the very first model, the Nautilus ref. 3700, featured a 42mm case and was nicknamed the “Jumbo.” Patek Philippe produced the Nautilus 3700 “Jumbo” in several materials and discontinued the reference in 1990.
- Steel Nautilus 3700/1A (wider bracelet): about 3,500 examples produced from 1976 to 1982
- Steel Nautilus 3700/11A (narrow tapered bracelet): about 1,300 examples produced from 1982 to 1990
- Steel and Yellow Gold Nautilus 3700/1AJ (wider bracelet): about 600 examples produced
- Steel and Yellow Gold Nautilus 3700/11AJ (narrow tapered bracelet): about 300 examples produced
- Yellow Gold Nautilus 3700/1J and 3700/11J: about 1,500 examples produced, including diamond-set models
- White Gold Nautilus 3700/1G and 3700-11G: about 65 examples produced
The Nautilus Jumbo was absent from Patek Philippe’s catalog for well over a decade. In 2004, Patek released the Nautilus 3711/1G, which was a white gold version including its 42mm case and integrated bracelet. It was discontinued in 2006.
Released in 2006, the stainless steel Nautilus ref. 5711/1A was the successor of the original ref. 3700/1A and this new “Jumbo” became the flagship model of the entire Nautilus collection. While the 5711 retained much of the design blueprint of the 3700, there were some notable changes. For instance, the case size not only grew to 43mm (compared to the original 42mm) wide but it now featured a three-part case construction (compared to the monobloc case of the original.)
Furthermore, the 3700 did not have a running seconds hand while the 5711 does, which was due to the then-new in-house Caliber 324 SC movement that powered.
Patek expanded the Nautilus 5711 line over the years with new dial colors, case materials, and leather strap options.
- Steel Nautilus 5711/1A-001 (produced from 2006 to 2010), blue-black dial
- Steel Nautilus 5711/1A-010 (produced from 2010 to 2021), blue-black dial, upgraded bracelet
- Steel Nautilus 5711/1A-011 (introduced in 2012), white dial
- Steel Nautilus 5711/1A-014 (introduced in 2021), olive green dial
- Steel Nautilus 5711/1A-018 (introduced in 2021), Tiffany blue dial, limited to 170 pieces only
- Rose gold Nautilus 5711/1R-001 (introduced in 2015), brown dial
- Yellow gold Nautilus 5711J-001 white dial, leather strap
- White gold Nautilus 5711G-001 gray dial, leather strap
- Rose gold Nautilus 5711R-001, brown dial, leather strap
- Platinum Nautilus 5711/1P “40th Anniversary” limited edition
The reference 5711 was discontinued in 2022 and there is currently no Nautilus “Jumbo” in Patek’s current catalog — other than the full diamond pavé Nautilus 5719/10G.
Nautilus Jumbo Watch Prices
|Nautilus Jumbo Ref.||MSRP (Retail Price) May 2023||Avg. Market Price May 2023||Avg. Market Price Aug 2022||Avg. Market Price Feb 2022||Avg. Market Price Aug 2021|
|5711/1A-010||$30,620 (last published 2021)||$113,965||$140,000||$150,000||$109,000|
|5711/1A-011||$30,620 (last published 2021)||$101,767||$125,000||$113,000||$93,000|
|5711/1A-014||$34,893 (last published 2022)||$346,543||$543,000||$378,000||$320,000|
|5711-1R||$53,300 (last published 2021)||$177,865||$225,000||$284,000||$162,000|
|5711/1P||$113,400 (last published 2016)||$562,219||$636,000||N/A||N/A|
How much does a Midsize Patek Philippe Nautilus cost?
In 1981, Patek Philippe introduced midsize versions of the Nautilus watch for those that found the 42mm size too big to wear. There were two references launched that year: the 37.5mm Nautilus 3800 with an automatic movement and the 33mm Nautilus 3900 with a quartz movement.
Patek offered the Nautilus 3800 series in plenty of variations including different metals and dial styles. For instance, the steel Nautilus 3800/1A dial choices included blue-black with baton markers, white with baton markers, charcoal grey with Arabic numerals, and black with applied Roman numerals.
- Steel Nautilus 3800/1A
- Steel and yellow gold Nautilus 3800/1AJ
- Yellow gold Nautilus 3800/1J
- White gold Nautilus 3800/1G
- Platinum 3800/1P
In 2006, Patek introduced a new generation midsize Nautilus, and the reference 3800 was replaced by the slightly bigger 38.4mm Nautilus ref. 5800/1A-001. Interestingly, only one variation of the short-lived Nautilus 5800 was ever made, in steel and with a blue dial, and it was discontinued only after a few years.
Midsize Nautilus Watch Prices
|Midsize Nautilus Ref.||MSRP (Retail Price) May 2023||Avg. Market Price May 2023||Avg. Market Price Aug 2022||Avg. Market Price Feb 2022||Avg. Market Price Aug 2021|
How much does a Complicated Patek Philippe Nautilus cost?
In 1998, Patek Philippe introduced the first complicated Nautilus model with the release of the Reference 3710, which had on its dial a winding zone indicator (power reserve indicator), also known as the IZR for Indication de Zone de Remontage in French. The Nautilus 3710 was exclusively available with a steel 42mm “Jumbo” size case, steel integrated bracelet, and black dial with Roman numerals.
The next complicated Nautilus to follow was the Reference 3712/1A, introduced in 2005 and only produced for one year (replaced by the 5712/1A in 2006). The Nautilus 3712 was distinct for its dial with off-centered indications including a power reserve display at 10:30, a date and moon subdial at 7, and a small second subdial at 4. Other complicated Nautilus watches soon followed, offering a wider variety of complications including chronographs, annual calendars, travel time chronographs, and perpetual calendars.
Here are the complicated Nautilus watch references, some of which are still in Patek’s current catalog:
- Nautilus 3710 IZR Power Reserve
- Nautilus 3712 Power Reserve, Moon Phase, Date
- Nautilus 5712 Power Reserve, Moon Phase, Date
- Diamond-set Nautilus 5722 Power Reserve, Moon Phase, Date
- Diamond-set Nautilus 5724 Power Reserve, Moon Phase, Date
- Nautilus 5980 Chronograph
- Nautilus 5726 Annual Calendar
- Nautilus 5990 Travel Time Chronograph
- White Gold Nautilus 5976/1G “40th Anniversary” Limited Edition Chronograph
- Nautilus 5740 Perpetual Calendar
Complicated Nautilus Watch Prices
|Complicated Nautilus Ref.||MSRP (Retail Price) May 2023||Avg. Market Price May 2023||Avg. Market Price Aug 2022||Avg. Market Price Feb 2022||Avg. Market Price Aug 2021|
|5990/1A||$57,300 (last published 2014)||$148,520||$186,000||$211,000||$109,000|
|5976/1G||$87,100 (last published 2016)||$533,194||$619,000||$376,000||$329,000|
See the Patek Philippe Nautilus on the wrist here: PATEK PHILIPPE NAUTILUS MOON PHASE TIFFANY & CO. WATCH 5712/1A-001
How much does a Ladies’ Patek Philippe Nautilus cost?
Since the early days of the Nautilus, Patek Philippe has offered a dedicated line of Ladies’ Nautilus watches. The first one came about in 1980 as the Ladies’ Nautilus ref. 4700, which was a 27mm quartz model. Patek continued to evolve the Ladies’ Nautilus collection by adding new materials, models, and movements.
- Ladies’ Nautilus ref. 7011 (introduced in 2009), 32mm, quartz
- Ladies’ Nautilus ref. 7010 (introduced in 2009), 32mm, diamond bezel, quartz
- Ladies’ Nautilus 7008 (introduced in 2011), 33.6mm, diamond bezel, automatic
- Ladies’ Nautilus 7118 (introduced in 2015), 35.2mm, choice of a diamond bezel, automatic
The quartz Ladies’ Nautilus 7010 and the automatic Ladies’ Nautilus 7118 are still part of the current Patek collection.
Ladies’ Nautilus Watch Prices
|Ladies’ Nautilus Ref.||MSRP (Retail Price) May 2023||Avg. Market Price May 2023||Avg. Market Price Aug 2022||Avg. Market Price Feb 2022||Avg. Market Price Aug 2021|
Patek Philippe Nautilus price guide
Although we’ve put together a comprehensive list of vintage, discontinued, and current Patek Philippe Nautilus prices, this overview does not cover every Nautilus reference ever made. However, you can still use it as a guide when researching how much a Patek Nautilus watch costs to buy or sell.
As always, feel free to reach out to us at LuxuryBazaar.com about any particular Patek Philippe Nautilus watch— we either have it in stock at the best price or we can source it for you.