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    Why is the Patek Philippe Nautilus the Hardest Luxury Watch to Get Right Now?

    For fans of luxury watches, there are a few timepieces that stand out among the others. Sporting iconic designs, there are a handful of timepieces that are so legendary they can be spotted from a mile away. Once such watch is none other than the Patek Philippe Nautilus watch. However, merely having the will and the funds to want one doesn’t necessarily guarantee that you’ll get one. In fact, the Patek Nautilus is one of the hardest high-end watches to find right now. Let’s find out why.

     

    The Nautilus is One of the Most Famous Luxury Sports Watches Ever Created

     

    Conceived by famed designer Gerald Genta and launched in 1976, the Nautilus was unlike any other watch Patek Philippe had ever created. A sports watch through and through, the Nautilus stood out among elegant Patek dress watches with its steel construction, and robust design that incorporates a porthole-style case, a dial with horizontal grooves, and an integrated bracelet. Even more shocking for the times was its hefty price tag, considering it was made from steel rather than precious gold or platinum.

     

    Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711

     

    The Nautilus was just the watch for the jet set of the era who spent their time cruising on luxury yachts, soaking up the sun at exotic beaches, or frolicking in the snow at exclusive ski resorts. The ultimate high-end sports watch to flaunt while partaking in leisurely activities.

     

    Fast-forward to today, and the Nautilus has remained as the top status watch to own. While the design codes of the watch have remained almost identical to the inaugural 1976 model, Patek Philippe has offered plenty of different versions of the Nautilus over the last four decades. Along with steel, there are also gold, diamond, and platinum Nautilus watches. Plus, although the original Nautilus only featured time and date functionality, today there are more complicated Nautilus watches with functions such as chronograph, annual calendar, perpetual calendar, moonphase, and so on.

     

    Patek Philippe has Relatively Low Production Numbers

     

    In 2012, during a Baselworld interview, Patek Philippe President Thierry Stern said his company produces around 50,000 watches a year. For context, it’s estimated (many watch manufacturers don’t officially divulge their production numbers) that Rolex produces closer to one million watches a year. So comparatively, Patek Philippe has relatively low production numbers.

     

    Patek Philippe 5980

    Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980

     

    Even if Patek has slightly increased their production numbers today, only a small portion would be dedicated to Nautilus models, and an even smaller percentage to stainless steel Nautilus watches. So it’s safe to say that in today’s market, the demand for the Nautilus—particularly the ultra-popular stainless steel Nautilus ref. 5711/1A—outpaces the supply.

     

    The Patek Philippe Nautilus is a Favorite Among Celebrities

     

    From superstar musicians to film stars to business moguls to professional athletes, celebrities are in love with Patek Philippe Nautilus watches. Look closely at the wrists of Brad Pitt, Ellen Degeneres, Ed Sheeran, Victoria Beckham, and Conor McGregor and you’ll often see a Nautilus there. Aside from just wearing them, rappers like Jay-Z, Offset from Migos, Cardi B, and a slew of others even include the famous Geneva-based watchmaker in their lyrics with a littering of reference numbers for good measure.

     

    Custom Diamond Set Patek Philippe 5980

    Custom Diamond Set Patek Philippe 5980

     

    And of course, this fuels the appetite for the Nautilus even further among the general public. Whether its iced-out versions or editions with complications or understated steel models with just the time and date, it’s clear that the Nautilus enjoys its own celebrity-status.

     

    Lucky for you, if you’re looking for a hard-to-find Patek Philippe Nautilus, then Time4Diamonds has an impressive selection to choose from. Flood them with diamonds or leave them as is, a Patek Nautilus is one top timepiece to own.

  • Stop Chasing And Build Your Own Custom Bejeweled Rainbow Rolex Watch

    It's no secret that a Rainbow Rolex is one of the most sought-after luxury watches right now. Just a few months ago at Baselworld 2018, unveiled a new version of the Daytona Rainbow, this time in Everose gold to the delight of many. This is the third version of the bejeweled Daytona with a rainbow pattern of precious gems on the bezel that joins similar yellow gold and white gold models.

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  • Time4Diamonds Launches a US-Based Website

    Great news for luxury watch enthusiasts living across the pond in the United States—Time4Diamonds recently launched an American Website to service our North American clients. Now, our US-based friends can take advantage of Time4Diamonds’ incredible collection of high-end watches and experience our top-notch customization services.

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  • Four of the Best New Watches from Baselworld 2018

     

    Every spring, leading watch brands congregate in the Swiss city of Basel for the industry’s most important fair, Baselworld. It’s been a few days since the six-day show ended, so we’ve had some time to take a closer look at the hundreds of luxury watches that were released. Among them, here are four of what we think are the best new watches from Baselworld 2018.

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  • The Best Luxury Watches to Invest In: Three Things to Consider

    There are so many different reasons people buy luxury watches—for status, for beauty, for mechanical appreciation, for a special gift, the list goes on. However, regardless of the reason, one thing is for sure; buying a fine timepiece requires a substantial investment. It’s no secret that high-end watches are pricey. In fact, that’s part of the appeal. So given that you have to hand over a hefty sum to own one of these beauties, this begs the question: what are the best luxury watches to invest in? Whether you’re looking to invest in a watch to live in your safety deposit box to sell for a profit at a later date or a watch to wear that you can resell later when you want an upgrade, here are three important points to consider.

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  • 5 Top Men's Stainless Steel Rolex Watches to Own Right Now

    5 Top Men's Stainless Steel Rolex Watches to Own Right Now

    While there are plenty of precious metal Rolex watches out there such as gold, platinum, and of course gem-set options, stainless steel Rolex watches are some of the most popular models from the brand, cherished for their blend of prestige and robustness.  If you’re looking for an everyday luxury watch, then look no further than these five top stainless steel Rolex watches to own right now.

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  • Our Favorite New Luxury Watches from SIHH 2018

    Now that the dust has settled on the first major watch fair of the year, we step back and take a look at some of our favorite watch releases from SIHH 2018 from Audemars Piguet, Cartier, and Richard Mille.

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  • Slam Dunk! - Shaquille O’Neal’s classic Royal Oak Offshore Reviewed | Time 4 Diamonds

    One of the many great things about working in the world of luxury watches, is the pure number and variety of classic timepieces you get to see on a weekly basis. Sometimes they’re sleek, elegant, delicate watches and sometimes they’re big, robust beasts like this one - the Shaquille O’Neal Limited Edition Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore (26133ST.OO.A101CR.01).

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  • A future classic - the Rolex Yachtmaster-II 116681 | Time 4 Diamonds

    Now here at Time 4 Diamonds, we’re lucky enough to see some of the most aesthetically beautiful watches on the market on a daily basis. This Rolex Yachtmaster-II is certainly one of them. From the eye-popping blue bezel, to the beautiful finishing on the case and bracelet, this watch just screams quality and craftsmanship, so we just had to find out more about it...

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  • A great twist on a classic: The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Openworked | Time 4 Diamonds

    Any true horologist will tell you how the introduction of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak line in 1972 marked the beginning of a new chapter in the history of sports watches. Gerald Genta’s now classic design was a bit a head-turner back when the horological community was enduring what’s now known as the ‘Quartz Crisis’, and this exquisite Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Openworked model (15305ST.OO.1220ST.01)  is certainly no different.

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