Patek Philippe Nautilus Versus Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

Gérald Genta Designs

You either like them or you don't, Gérald Genta's show-stoppers from the 1970s. Genta planned Omega Patek Philippe Reviews for quite a long time (for example Heavenly body and Seamaster models) before he began his own company in 1969. Albeit planning Patek Philippe Reviews was for the most part a task that individuals did who were on the finance of a Patek Philippe Reviews maker, it was a prompt success.

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Patek Philippe Nautilus Versus Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

Gérald Genta Designs

You either like them or you don’t, Gérald Genta’s show-stoppers from the 1970s. Genta planned Omega Patek Philippe Reviews for quite a long time (for example Heavenly body and Seamaster models) before he began his own company in 1969. Albeit planning Patek Philippe Reviews was for the most part a task that individuals did who were on the finance of a Patek Philippe Reviews maker, it was a prompt success.

Patek Philipps Nautilus and Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

As we as a whole know, Gérald Genta is the virtuoso behind the Royal Oak Patek Philippe Reviews (1972) from Audemars Piguet and the Patek Philippe Nautilus Patek Philippe Reviews (1976). The two brands have a long history in Patek Philippe Reviews making and the two companies are considered ‘top of the line’ Patek Philippe Reviews brands. Genta additionally planned the Ingenieur SL 1832 Patek Philippe Reviews for IWC in the last part of the 1970s, yet the plan of that specific Patek Philippe Reviews has changed throughout the long term. There is no current Ingenieur model that looks fundamentally the same as the first Ingenieur SL Patek Philippe Reviews and hence out of extension for this article.

First Sports Watches

Before the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and Patek Philippe Nautilus, these manufactures did not create sports Patek Philippe Reviews Their inventory included thin gold dress Patek Philippe Reviews with or without complications. I couldn’t say whether that period as expected (1970s) constrained Audemars Piguet and Patek Philippe to change that technique or whether their clients just asked them for a tempered steel sports Patek Philippe Reviews worked with the craftsmanship and quality they were utilized to.


The Royal Oak and Nautilus have developed throughout the most recent many years, similar to the Royal Oak Off-Shore arrangement, Royal Oaks with all sort of mechanical complications and the Nautilus chronograph or Nautilus moon stage. The unadulterated forms of the Royal Oak and Nautilus were consistently there however – in treated steel – much the same as the underlying models of the 1970s. Patek Philippe likewise presented the Aquanaut, a more forward-thinking form of the Nautilus, yet perfectionists appeared to have disregarded that model.

Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711 and the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15202

This article covers the most unadulterated Royal Oak and Nautilus references, the ref.15202ST  (the reference in this article was created until 2012) and the ref.5711/1A, the Jumbo and the Jumbo. Both in hardened steel with a tempered steel wristband, similarly as Gérald Genta needed them to be. Before these titans meet one another, how about we momentarily present them one by one.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15202ST

Royal Oak ‘Jumbo’ 15202

About 40 years prior, 3000 Swiss Francs would get you a nice gold dress Patek Philippe Reviews Therefor, writers and those engaged with the Patek Philippe Reviews industry were in stun to see Audemars Piguet presenting a tempered steel sports Patek Philippe Reviews for that measure of cash during the Basel Patek Philippe Reviews presentation of 1972.

Reference 5402ST

This treated steel Royal Oak ref.5402ST gestured to the windows of the HMS Royal Oak vessels (three altogether) that had an octagonal shape. Obviously, these British boats were named after the holy tree that concealed King Charles II of England and shielded him from his followers – the so-called   –in 1651.

Caliber 2121

Besides the odd octagonal shape and the utilization of hardened steel, the Patek Philippe Reviews was viewed as extremely level. Particularly for a programmed wrist Patek Philippe Reviews Inside, Audemars Piguet utilized their type AP2121, derrived from the type 920 of Jaeger-LeCoultre. This is the development that Audemars Piguet actually utilizes today for their Royal Oak ‘Large’ and produce it in-house. Different brands, as Vacheron Constantin, additionally utilizes this development for a portion of their watches.

AP Royal Oak Jumbo References

Through-out the years, Audemars Piguet utilized four references for this ‘unique’ Royal Oak, in particular ref.5402ST, ref.14802ST, ref.15002ST and the current ref.15202ST. I utilize the term ‘unique’, as Audemars Piguet presented countless minor departure from the Royal Oak during the 1980s, 1990s and still does. In 1993, Audemars Piguet created and presented a more lively update under the sub name ‘Seaward’. In any case, I accept that is an alternate story.

Royal Oak 15400

Nowadays regularly mistook for the Royal Oak Date ref.15400ST (which is somewhat bigger with its 41mm diameter and has the second hand), the ‘Enormous’ or ‘Ultra-Thin’ ref.15202ST is the Royal Oak examined here. This 39mm width Patek Philippe Reviews has a 8mm thick case and measures 49mm from one drag to another. Albeit estimated a piece uniquely in contrast to the Patek Philippe Nautilus, one could say the Royal Oak is a tiny bit more modest as indicated by its specifications.

Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1A

Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1A

Patek Philippe presented the Nautilus in 1976, just a short time after Audemars Piguet’s succesful presentation of the Royal Oak during the watchfair in Basel, Switzerland. The right reference of the main Nautilus is ref. 3700/1. This 42.8mm x 41.8mm Patek Philippe Reviews was immense for that time (henceforth the ‘Gigantic’), where even a distance across of 36mm was above norm for Patek Philippe. In the early years, the Nautilus utilized type 28-255 C, in view of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s type 920. This equivalent development was utilized in the main Royal Oak and Vacheron Constantin ‘222’, designed by Hysek.

Enfant Terrible

The Nautilus was fairly the enfant horrible of Patek Philippe, as it was so not quite the same as their other watches. It appeared to be that since the presentation, this Patek Philippe Reviews had (and still has) its own after. Patek Philippe made a couple of deviations of the first model, more modest in size, and the ‘Gigantic’ was even stopped in 1990. Then, the Nautilus – and particularly the ‘Kind sized’ models – had transformed into a religion object and even the 42mm 1998 Nautilus ref. 3710/1 with power hold couldn’t in any case the adherents’ want the first Jumbo.

5711/1A since 2006

In 2006, 30 years after the underlying presentation of the Nautilus ‘Kind sized’, Patek Philippe presented the 5711/1A. A commendable replacement of the first ‘Enormous’ with its 43mm and hour, moment and seconds hand just dial. The development inside is Patek’s type 324 SC, their own assembling movement.

The Royal Oak 15202 versus Nautilus 5711/1A

To make it simpler for ourselves, we simply utilize Royal Oak while examining the ref.15202ST ‘Kind sized’ and Nautilus while talking about the ref.5711/1A ‘Large’ during the remainder of this article.

Royal Oak and Nautilus Pricing

Often referenced in one sentence, the first Nautilus and the Royal Oak are altogether different Patek Philippe Reviews when you wear them. I had the chance to have them both for some time and offer my discoveries with you. Both have a genuine sticker price, individuals today are giving a similar response when they hear the current rundown cost as they did during the 1970s. Both rundown costs are approx 22.000 Euro. As the most common thing for non-watch devotees is to get some information about cost of the Patek Philippe Reviews you are wearing when they hear you are an aficionado of top of the line Patek Philippe Reviews practically every one of them couldn’t accept their ears. So the first ‘1972 impact’ of the exorbitant cost of a hardened steel Patek Philippe Reviews is still there.


Having that said, you may be utilized to limits on rundown costs of Patek Philippe Reviews Even however you can hope to get a bit of discount on the Royal Oak 15202, the Nautilus is near retail and at times much over list. A holding up rundown at the approved seller goes for the two models, as they have both low creation numbers.

Nautilus and Royal Oak – the Jumbo editions

On the Wrist

When wearing the Patek Philippe Reviews or taking a gander at the Patek Philippe Reviews one next to the other, as presented above, you will rapidly reach the determination that albeit both are planned by a similar individual, these Patek Philippe Reviews are very not quite the same as one another. Albeit the details told you other shrewd, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak feels and shows somewhat greater than the Nautilus. The Patek Philippe Nautilus is somewhat more extensive however, because of its ‘ears’ on each side.


The lunette on both Patek Philippe Reviews is simply dazzling. Albeit the Patek Philippe Nautilus has a more generally cleaned look, the satinized parts are done with the out most exactness and care. The vibes of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak are somewhat more ‘in-your-face’ with its white gold 8 hexagonal jolts in the octagonal bezel, yet in any case as heavenly completed as the Patek Philippe Nautilus. Simply unique. It is up as one would prefer which look is to be preferred.


Because the hauls of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak are somewhat more and situated under a point to follow the type of the wrist, this Patek Philippe Reviews wears somewhat greater and isn’t reasonable for individuals with an exceptionally little wrist as it will stand out a piece. The Patek Philippe Nautilus, albeit estimated somewhat greater, has more limited drags on each sides making it a fit for each kind of wrist.

Side by side, the Nautilus and Royal Oak

With regard to the tallness of the Patek Philippe Reviews there isn’t a lot of distinction. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak estimates 8 mm in stature and the Patek Philippe Nautilus estimates 8.6mm in height.


Also regarding particulars, there isn’t a lot to contend about. The Royal Oak’s type 2121 development is just 3.05mm in tallness and the Patek Philippe Nautilus’ type 324SC development is 3.3mm in stature. Just a little contrast, albeit the method behind this non-complicated development varies. The type 2121 utilizations a rail to have the 21 carat gold skeletonized rotor of the development rather than the more regular metal ball framework that Patek’s type 324 SC uses.

Patek Philippe type 324 SC seen through its straightforward caseback

Audemars Piguet type 2121 with its skeletonized rotor

2121 versus 324SC

Both developments have been done with similar commitment and indications of craftsmanship, the two developments utilize the Gyromax balance framework and the two developments are all around regarded among Patek Philippe Reviews creators and gatherers. Because of the skeletonized rotor and the rail arrangement of the rotor we will undoubtedly say that on the off chance that we needed to settle on a choice by any stretch of the imagination, we’d incline toward AP’s development. Be that as it may, there is no genuine inclination so we’d say it is an equal the initial investment here.

We do might want to take note of that this development is the place where the Royal Oak ‘Enormous’ stands apart from his more youthful sibling, the ref.15400ST with its in-house AP type 3120. The development of the 2121 type is more costly to deliver and empowers the ‘Enormous’ to have a compliment case (no second hand as well).


The dials of the Patek Philippe Nautilus and Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

The dial of the Patek Philippe Nautilus is a genuine piece of workmanship. The tones are hypnotizing when the point of the light changes on the dial with its level decorated bars. It may change from dull blue to green and it looks if the middle piece of the dial is more brilliant than its remainder. There is likewise a white dial adaptation of the 5711/1A, presented a couple of years ago.


The dial of the Royal Oak was accessible in three flavors, yet the new (2012) reference just comes in blue. The one we have is the charcoal dial, which is the haziest variation of the three old varieties. At that point there is the white dial and the blue dial. The charcoal dial is being confused with either a dark or dim blue dial a few times, where the genuine blue dial is dark blue. Despite the fact that it is difficult to catch the shade of the charcoal dial, it isn’t just about as powerful as the Patek Philippe Nautilus dial.

Clous de Paris

The Royal Oak has the motor turned ‘clous de Paris’ example on the dial, additionally called a tapisserie dial. Previous references of the Royal Oak has a more modest example, which is viewed as more pleasant than the current one by many. Be that as it may, this is the lone comment we can give about this dial. The current reference 15202 (more up to date than the one looked into in this comparison) has a dial that is made in-house. Since a couple of years, Audemars Piguet has its own dial producing division. You can appreciate the assembling interaction in .

We’ve likewise investigated the Patek Philippe Nautilus dial and there is just one comment we have there also. The date window is found altogether too far to one side, which makes the dial somewhat out of equilibrium. Notwithstanding, we are talking top of the line Patek Philippe Reviews here with a plan that has substantiated itself more than 30 years now. So these comments are very marginally.

Although the hands on the Patek Philippe Nautilus are bit more extensive than those on the Royal Oak, they are in a similar style. The Patek Philippe Nautilus is – obviously – including a second hand as well.

Bracelet and Clasp

As recently expressed, the vibes of these Patek Philippe Reviews are generally unique in relation to one another. The Nautilus has a more smooth and refined look where as the Royal Oak is a smidgen more extreme looking. The equivalent goes for the arm band of these famous watches. Wristbands of this quality and finish are uncommon on games Patek Philippe Reviews and maybe somewhat more slender than most other bracelets.

Scratch Magnets

The modern look on the Royal Oak is loved by numerous and the comfort of it is quite valued also. Patek Philippe has made a wristband that looks more ‘delicate’ and adjusted. Quality savvy, we would prefer not to contend here. Both are scratch magnets, because of the glossy silk finish and cleaned components on the arm band joins. A few group will in general feel that an alternate sort of treated steel is being utilized (in comparison to other brand’s games Patek Philippe Reviews since they scratch so effectively, however this is simply because of the finish.

Folding Clasp

A twofold collapsing fasten has been utilized for the Nautilus and a solitary catch for the Royal Oak. Whatever floats his boat, however we offer have a little kindness to the AP signature in the catch of the Royal Oak. An exceptionally pleasant detail. See for yourself.

One comment we need to cause is that these wristbands to feel so thin, it is practically similar to wearing a vintage and delicate Patek Philippe Reviews Not essentially something awful, however know about this. (Note: The Royal Oak arm band has received an redesign in 2012, bringing about a more strong inclination and looking bracelet).

Closed catch of the AP Royal Oak 15202 bracelet

AP marked catch of the Royal Oak 15202

Closed catch of the PP Nautilus 5711/1A bracelet

Double collapsing catch of the PP Nautilus 5711/1A

The Verdict

This article showed up first on 2011, yet has been perhaps the most perused distributions on Fratello Patek Philippe Reviews from that point forward. We decided to re-distribute it once more, despite the fact that the Royal Oak 15202 in this article is the past model (before 2012).

The current reference AP Royal Oak 15202 with its new dial and bracelet.

2012 Update of the AP RO 15202

The 2012 update got a dial that is all the more near the first reference 5402 from 1972, with its more modest Clous de Paris design yet additionally because of the AP logo being re-situated to 6 o’clock. Other than the dial, changes were made to the wristband. The new arm band feels less wobbly (albeit the old wristband has never fizzled on me by and by). Maybe, yet that is an individual perception, I locate the new arm band is altogether too thick for the super dainty watch.

15202 versus 5711/1A

However, this decision depends on the past 15202 reference and 5711/1A. In the in the interim, the Royal Oak 15202 has seen a couple of steep cost increments. The Patek Philippe Reviews was around 14K Euro list when this article initially showed up while is presently 22.5K Euro. The market cost of the AP Royal Oak along these lines likewise expanded a considerable amount. The contrast among list and the market cost has become practically nothing. Costs of used AP Royal Oak 15202 (the model talked about in this article) went up to around 17.000 Euro. The cost of the Patek Philippe Nautilus is 22.700 Euro and the market cost is as yet over rundown. Running somewhere in the range of 23K and 28K. The white dial adaptation of the Patek Philippe Nautilus is fairly less expensive and simpler to discover, however hope to pay rundown or more as well.

Nautilus is more looked for after

So, what’s the decision after a time of wearing and comparing them? The Patek Philippe Nautilus is definitely the more sought-after Patek Philippe Reviews of the two, henceforth the holding up rundown and asking costs that are over rundown cost. The Royal Oak will give you in any event however much value for the money that the Nautilus does, yet one can’t preclude feeling of course.

Personally, I think the Nautilus was altogether too little for my wrists though the Royal Oak felt great. This was chiefly because of the way that the Royal Oak feels more ‘integrated’ with its bracelet. The best thing you can do is to attempt every one of them yourself, in the event that you can discover a seller who has them on supply obviously. Be that as it may, there is most likely consistently a Patek Philippe Reviews enthusiast close by who has at any rate of them so you ought to have the option to attempt one at a Patek Philippe Reviews GTG or fair.

The question truly is, which one offer you kindness? Or on the other hand do you totally hate these Genta plans in general? Like we wrote in the primary sentence of this article, you either love them or scorn them.