The Origins of the Patek Philippe Nautilus

The Origins of the Patek Philippe Nautilus
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To many watch lovers and collectors, the Patek Philippe Nautilus is a highly coveted and desired timepiece. Beverly Loan Company, a high-end pawn shop in the heart of Beverly Hills, understands the lore of the coveted watch and has the expertise to not only purchase or sell the Nautilus, but also loan against it. Below is a quick history of how the iconic watch came to be.

At the 1974 Basel Trade Fair, now the famous Baselworld, Gerald Genta sketched the rough design for the Nautilus while sitting at lunch and observing some of the staff of Patek Philippe in the same restaurant. The original design was inspired by portholes of the famous transatlantic liners and the name came from the epic novel “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”.

Gerald Genta has also designed the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak just four years before, and the thought at the time was that luxury watches must be made in gold, and must have a low profile. The Nautilus changed the game in many ways, showing men that you could have a high-end masculine watch that was crafted in stainless steel.

It’s release at the 1976 Basel Trade Fair caused quite a stir as this watch was quite a departure from the traditional watches Patek Philippe was known for. However, it quickly became a sensation, and is now a timepiece icon – and often seen in the private offices of Beverly Loan.

2016 marks the 40th anniversary of this watch, which has seen many transformations over the decades. Whether you have the most recent model or the original model, the loan officers at Beverly Loan Company would be happy to assist you.

The family owned collateral lender works with all high-end watch manufacturers, including every model and style of Patek Philippe. Please visit 9440 Santa Monica Blvd. Suite 301 Beverly Hills, CA 90210 or email with any inquiries.

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