In terms of Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and Patek Philippe Nautilus, it’s just about unimaginable to speak about one with out speaking concerning the different. Each watches have been launched in the identical decade and have been the primary sports activities watches from the 2 manufacturers. They each have distinctive dials, clear edges, and are crafted from chilly metallic with beautiful ending. The 2 watches have one thing very comparable about them, but they’re unmistakably totally different…
This isn’t a shock, although. The 2 iconic watches share a creator, a designer who left his mark on not solely these two extremely coveted, extraordinarily common watches, however the watch business as an entire as nicely. That designer is Gerald Genta.
Gerald Genta Designs
Any watch fanatic is aware of the identify, Gerald Genta. He’s the mastermind behind the Royal Oak from Audemars Piguet in 1972 and the Nautilus from Patek Philippe in 1976. Earlier than that, he was designing Omega watches for years…extra particularly, the Constellation and Seamaster fashions. The genius watch designer had his personal firm targeted on designing watches, which he began in 1969. Most luxurious Swiss watch manufacturers design their watches in-house by somebody on payroll, together with Audemars Piguet and Patek Philippe, however with Gerald Genta’s confirmed success in creating beloved sports activities watches, they didn’t hesitate to rent Genta on these.
AP and PP each had a really lengthy and wealthy historical past even earlier than the start of the Nautilus and Royal Oak, however in contrast to Rolex, that they had by no means made a sports activities watch. So, they referred to as in Gerald Genta to design a sports activities watch mannequin that may finally maintain the manufacturers on development with how the watchmaking business was altering. Trendy watch consumers needed high-end sports activities watches from the “huge three”, and that’s precisely what they acquired with the Royal Oak and Nautilus…
Gerald Genta went on to develop into a legend in watchmaking, producing extra watches for different manufacturers like IWC, whereas the Royal Oak and Nautilus turned some of the (if not probably the most) widespread watch fashions in each of the manufacturers’ whole line up, and that is still true to today.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak vs Patek Philippe Nautilus
Now that we’ve made in all probability an important commonality of those two watches clear, let’s match these two watches up and see if we will decide which is best, Royal Oak or Nautilus?
Though in lots of instances, when selecting a watch, it comes down to non-public choice, we’ll put that to the aspect and take an unbiased view right here. Anyway, we love each watches equally right here at Diamonds by Raymond Lee.
So, that stated, we will probably be making the comparability, and discussing each benefits and drawbacks, based mostly on the next:
- Case & Bezel
- Dial & Legibility
- Bracelet & Clasp
- On the Wrist Consolation
- General Worth
- Bang in your Buck
Observe: The Royal Oak and Nautilus have had a couple of references since their delivery. As we speak we’re doing the comparability based mostly on the Royal Oak 15400 and the Nautilus 5711. To make issues simpler, we can be referring to the 15400 merely as ‘Royal Oak’ and the 5711 as ’Nautilus’.
Case & Bezel
Royal Oak – The Royal Oak has a superbly crafted case which measures 41mm in diameter. The case has Royal Oak’s distinct octagonal bezel with polished ending. This polished case provides impeccably charming distinction with the remainder of the case’s brushed ending. The bezel has a considerably “robust” look with the eight hexagonal bolts. On the bottom you could have an exhibition caseback, permitting you to take a peek into the great thing about the motion. As for the crown, it’s a screw down and it’s unprotected. The Royal Oak presents solely 50 meters of water resistance.
Nautilus – The Nautilus has a shocking case with completely lovely brushed surfaces. It measures 40mm in diameter however wears barely greater on the wrist because of the flared flanks of the case. The bezel on the Nautilus has a bit extra of a elegant look than the Royal Oak. It additionally gives a softer look than the Royal Oak, with the “curvy” edges, ergonomics and flat prime floor. What’s extra, the Nautilus has sculpted crown guards, so the screw down crown is protected. The watch is waterproof right down to 120 meters.
Dial & Legibility
Royal Oak – The Royal Oak’s dial could be very distinct with its tapisserie dial. It has a weaving sample that varieties a sq. and lozenge motif, capturing the sunshine superbly and emphasizing the watch’s geometric demeanor. The white gold arms are completely contrasted towards the dials patterning, permitting for straightforward legibility. There’s a modest quantity of lume for night time time viewing as nicely. The date window is small on the Royal Oak. That may be a very good factor for some, who don’t like a date window that takes as much as a lot actual property, however dangerous for many who have hassle studying the date shortly. General, the dial is among the most charming issues concerning the Royal Oak, and it’s fairly minimalistic even in all of its luxurious. It’s no-nonsense and pure fashion.
Nautilus – The Nautilus dial is actually a murals. The colours are enthralling. With every change of angle, the sunshine displays the horizontal embossed bars superbly, exchanging the colours in impeccable style. The Nautilus can also be a no-nonsense dial, and it’s purely luxurious. The white gold palms and hour markers distinction the dials background handsomely, permitting the same colours to face out for straightforward legibility. It additionally has wonderful lume so night time time viewing is a cinch. Equally to the Royal Oak, the date window is small on this one…most would say it’s there once you need it and blends in once you don’t.
Bracelet & Clasp
Royal Oak – As we talked about above, the Royal Oak has a barely stronger, hardier look than the Nautilus, and this is applicable to the bracelet as nicely. So, it has a heavy development and extra pronounced brushed texture (which we should say is extremely nicely executed). The intermediate plot hyperlinks give it a jewellery sort look, but retains the manly theme going with the simplicity of the design. General, the bracelet is built-in with the case and clasp flawlessly. Regarding the clasp, it has a screwed hyperlink contraction and a mechanically locking double folding clasp. The one factor the claps is lacking is the power to make micro-adjustments to its measurement.
Nautilus – The Nautilus clean and refined look continues into the bracelet and clasp. The standard of the bracelet and the end is just about unseen on different sports activities watches (excluding the Royal Oak). That stated, it’s barely thinner than most different sports activities bracelets. The Nautilus has such a chic wanting bracelet, with it’s pinned calmly brushed and excessive polished hyperlinks. The mixing of the bracelet with the case and clasp is ideal, as if it’s all one piece, for a way seamless they go collectively. As for the clasp, it’s a double folding clasp. It doesn’t permit for micro changes, which is barely disappointing, because the bracelet doesn’t have screwed hyperlinks. Something this bracelet lacks in perform, it makes up for in magnificence. Plus, it’s safe as the most effective of them, and that’s the most essential perform with regards to a bracelet and clasp.
Royal Oak – Behind the exhibition caseback we have now an AP in-house calibre 3120. The very first thing you will notice when wanting by way of the caseback is an excellent wanting 22 karat rose gold winding rotor. The 3120 is a comparatively newish motion, by watchmaking requirements, at round 15 years previous. It’s an automated self-winding motion that operates at 3Hz. It makes use of bi-direction winding and has a considerable energy reserve at 60 hours. Moreover, it has an unlubricated extremely environment friendly ceramic rotor bearing, screw-secured hairspring stud on a strong full stability bridge. General it’s a magnificently sturdy, dependable and exact motion that showcases this firm’s experience in creating exceptionally excessive caliber watches.
Nautilus – The Nautilus additionally options an exhibition window on its caseback. You’ll be able to clearly see Patek’s Gyromax stability and ending which is of the very best commonplace, as is every thing Patek touches. The motion is a 324 calibre, and it’s extremely nicely crafted and adorned. It’s also round 15 years previous and is an automated self-winding motion. The 324 operates at 4Hz, makes use of uni-directional winding, excessive tech silicon hairspring (for improved shock resistance), and valuable stamped gears. The facility reserve is 35-45hr, and the motion is slimmer than the Royal Oak by 1mm at three.3mm thickness. This can be a huge purpose why the Patek Nautilus watch is slimmer than the Royal Oak. This additionally makes it much less immune to put on, although. Moreover, the Nautilus doesn’t have a hacking cease seconds to help in setting the time. All that stated, the motion is extraordinarily correct, on the prime of its class in all of watchmaking.
Royal Oak – The operation is as simple because it will get with hours, minutes, seconds, and date managed by the screw down crown. Moreover, It has a fast set date reset system that adjusts at midnight and it has a hacking stop-seconds perform.
Nautilus – The identical applies to the Nautilus when it comes to being simple with hours, minutes, seconds, and date functioning by way of the screw down crown. However, the date reset mechanism doesn’t change exactly at 12am (in contrast to the Royal Oak) and there isn’t a hacking cease seconds perform when setting the time.
On the Wrist – Consolation
Royal Oak – Though the Royal Oak has a thicker case than the Nautilus, it’s nonetheless a comparatively slim sports activities watch. With regard to weight, it’s heavier than the Nautilus. Furthermore, it wears barely bigger than a typical 41mm watch. It might be most proportional on a >7 inch wrist. And from what most individuals say, it has a really snug bracelet.
Nautilus – Though the Royal Oak has a bigger case at 41mm, and it’s thicker, the Patek has a wider look on the wrist because of the instances “ears”. That stated, the Nautilus could be very slim and light-weight. House owners all the time brag about how snug the Nautilus is, each on the bracelet and case degree.
Royal Oak – The Royal Oak gained’t maintain worth like a Nautilus. Usually AP doesn’t resell for as a lot as PP on the secondary market. Furthermore, the Royal Oak’s retail worth might be significantly extra reasonably priced at round $10,000 underneath (on common) a Nautilus.
Nautilus – The Nautilus could be very, very excessive in demand with luxurious watch lovers. A Nautilus will maintain its worth a lot better than a Royal Oak. There isn’t any query about this. As for retail worth, a Nautilus goes to be, on common, round $10,000 greater than a Royal Oak.
For this one, we’re going to merely talk about the 2 watches collectively. Each the Royal Oak and the Nautilus sometimes have ready lists at approved sellers, as there are low manufacturing numbers. Nevertheless, the Nautilus has an extended ready listing and sometimes sells over the listing worth due to this.
Bang For Your Buck
It appears to us, and the watch group, each watches will get you a similar bang on your buck. They’re each unimaginable watches, and due to PP Nautilus’ resale worth, this one is tough to find out.
Which One is Extra Sought-After?
It’s additionally clear that the Nautilus is extra coveted. This may be merely confirmed because of the ready lists being longer and the asking costs coming in over the record worth. For some Royal Oak references, you’ll be able to truly obtain a slight low cost from the asking worth, and this simply doesn’t occur with the Nautilus.
After studying the whole lot above, we’ll allow you to determine which one is greatest. We will’t select for you as a result of when every thing is claimed and achieved, the historical past, high quality, and model recognition of each are prime of the road. So, it actually comes right down to which one do you prefer?!
*This comparability was based mostly on info taken from each Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet, evaluations from prime watch journalists/lovers, and anecdotal evaluations from Royal Oak and Nautilus house owners on luxurious watch fanatic boards.
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