How To Spot Fake Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711 Watches (Real Vs Fake Guide)

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Wondering how to spot fake Patek Philippe Nautilus watches? Don’t want to have a replica PP Nautilus watch in your hands?

Well, if that’s the case, then you are for sure in the best place, as we are here to let you know how to properly spot a fake Patek Philippe Nautilus watch.

Before beginning the guide on how to spot fake Patek Philippe Nautilus watches, I’d like to mention that all of the tells which we are going to list do apply to all of the colour-ways available for this watch.

So the fastest way to spot a fake Patek Philippe Nautilus watch is to look at the date window, as the current date shown on the replica Nautilus watches is never properly centred and font-weight, because the fake watches always have their text looking either really thick or really thin, while all of the genuine Patek Philippe Nautilus watches have their details properly defined and consistent.

How to spot fake Patek Philippe Nautilus watches

Step 1: Authentic vs replica Patek Philippe Nautilus date wheel

For the first method on how to spot fake Patek Philippe Nautilus watches, we are going to have a look at the date wheel of the real vs fake Patek Philippe watches.

Just as we’ve previously mentioned, we consider this as the best way to spot replica Patek Philippe Nautilus watches, as the counterfeit watches never have this detail on point.

The first thing which we want to do is to look at the fake vs real Patek Philippe Nautilus reference image from below in order to see the differences between the two watches.

Patek Phillipe Nautilus authenticity check guide

In the image with the genuine vs replica Patek Philippe Nautilus watches above, we have pointed out how the replica watch has its number “11” too small.

On the other hand, the genuine Patek Philippe watch has its number “5” as big as it almost touching the top and the bottom borders of the date window.

At the same time, the counterfeit Patek Philippe watch has its number indicating the current date looking too thin.

Once again, the genuine watch proves its quality as it has its number thicker than the one on the fake watch.

Keep in mind that the genuine Patek Philippe Nautilus watches will always have their numbers at the same thickness, as the font-weight will never vary throughout the numbers.

Now, let’s also have a look at another real vs fake Patek Philippe Nautilus comparison in order to see a new replica version.

replica vs authentic Patek Phillipe Nautilus

In the image with the authentic vs replica Patek Philippe Nautilus image above, we have pointed out how the fake watch has its number “18” crooked, because it is not perfectly centered in the middle of the patch.

In fact, the fake watch has its number “1” placed too close to the left side of the patch, and the number “8” being too close to the right side of the patch. Furthermore, it is clearly visible that the two numbers are not parallel.

Back to the authentic Patek Philippe Nautilus watch, you can observe how the number “5” is perfectly centred in the middle of the patch, once again.

Yet another flaw on the fake PP Nautilus watch is that the number “18” is too thick, while the genuine watch’s number “5” is thinner.

With this being said for the first step of the guide on how to spot fake Patek Philippe Nautilus watches, we are going to move on to the next method.

Step 2: Fake vs real Patek Philippe Nautilus bracelet lugs

Proceeding to the second step of the guide on how to spot fake Patek Philippe Nautilus watches, we are going to have a look at the bracelet and its links on the two watches.

What we are going to precisely look at are the little rectangular smaller links placed in-between the bigger links of the real vs fake Patek Philippe Nautilus watches.

how to see replica Patek Phillipe Nautilus

One of the details that sets the real platinum Patek Philippe apart from the fakes is the use of a small single link setting between the bigger links that form the bracelet.

If you’re looking at a watch using what appears to be a smaller/larger link, or is missing this
feature altogether, then it’s most likely that the watch is a replica.

In the image with the real vs fake Patek Philippe Nautilus watches above, we have pointed out how the replica watch has its smaller links at the wrong dimensions, actually without any difference between them.

In fact, the replica Patek Philippe Nautilus watch has its links being too boxy and too small, while the genuine watch has its lugs larger.

Also, you can see how the replica PP Nautilus watch has its links being too tall, and how the genuine piece has its lugs flatter, as they are less tall than the ones on the fake watch. Always keep an eye on these links, specially the first one below 6 o’clock!

Step 3: Check the dimension of the bezel on your Patek Philippe watch

As for the third step of the guide on how to spot fake Patek Philippe watches, we are going to have a look at the dimension of the bezel and case on the real item and its clone.

First of all, we are going to take a look from above the real vs fake Patek Philippe Nautilus watches, and after that, we will check out the watches from the side.

In the image with the fake vs real Nautilus Patek Philippe watches above, we have pointed out how the fake item has its bezel too wide.

On the other hand, the authentic Patek Philippe watch has its bezel narrower and smaller than the one found on the counterfeit Patek Philippe watch.

Now, let’s also have another look at the fake vs real Patek Philippe Nautilus watches from the side.

authentic vs fake Patek Phillipe Nautilus

As you can see in the fake vs real Patek Philippe Nautilus image above, we have shown you how the replica watch has its bezel looking too big and too thick.

This is because of the mechanism who wasn’t perfectly replicated and cannot fit in the replicated case.

This flaw can be easily spotted if you look at the bottom of the watch, as there is the most noticeable how the fake watch is really chunky, and how the legit piece is considerably thinner.

Step 4: Examine the crown guard on your Nautilus watch

Going to the fourth method on how to spot fake Patek Philippe Nautilus watches, we are now going to have a look at the crown guard on the side of the watch.

The crown guard is, as the name says it, the metal part that guards the crown from above and below, if you are looking from above the Patek Philippe Nautilus’ dial.

Patek Phillipe Nautilus fake vs real

In the image containing the real vs fake Patek Philippe Nautilus watches above, we have pointed out how the fake watch has its crown guard a little bit too narrow.

Speaking of which, the genuine Patek Philippe Nautilus watch has its crown wider, as it covers/protects/guards more of the crown.

The steps we’ve written so far are the best ways on how to authenticate this item.

The tells listed below this point are still reliable signs of authenticity, but for non-top-versions of replicas available for this item. We recommend sticking to the top tells we’ve explained above this point to make sure you’re not drawing the wrong conclusions.

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Step 5: Have a look at the dial of your Patek Philippe watch

Proceeding to the fifth step on how to spot fake Patek Philippe Nautilus watches, we are now going to have a look at the real vs fake Nautilus Patek Philippe watches on their dial.

First of all, we will check out the alignment of the details on the dial, and after that, we will check out the colour of the dial on the genuine vs replica Patek Philippe Nautilus.

how to authenticate Patek Phillipe Nautilus

In the image with the fake vs real Patek Philippe Nautilus watches above, we have pointed out how the fake watch has its two lines that indicate the 12 o’clock marker being not parallel, in other words misaligned.

That is because the line on the left side of the watch is placed too low, therefore not being at the same level with the other line.

Looking at the authentic Patek Philippe Nautilus watch, you can see how its lines are placed exactly at the same level, even when watching them from a different angle.

Now, let’s have a look at the comparison real vs fake Patek Philippe Nautilus watches in order to see their dial color.

Patek Phillipe Nautilus real vs replica

As you can see in the fake vs real Patek Philippe Nautilus image above, we have pointed out how there is a huge difference between the colour of the dial on the authentic and on the fake watch.

That is because the replica Patek Philippe Nautilus watch has its dial coloured too light in the middle, while the authentic watch has its dial in a darker shade.

Furthermore, keep an eye on the fading color that is visible on the edge of the dial, as the replica manufacturers cannot perfectly replicate this very special effect.

Step 6: Check the engraved crown on your Patek Philippe Nautilus

As for the sixth method on how to spot replica Patek Philippe Nautilus watches, we are going to check out the two watches for their crown again, but this time, we are actually going to check out the crown engraved on the watch’s crown.

The detail will be something that you want to check closely using a magnifying glass, or the zoom option on the camera of our phone, in order to accurately inspect it.

First of all, let’s have a look at the reference fake vs real Patek Philippe Nautilus comparison image from below.

Patek Phillipe Nautilus genuine vs fake

The main flaw visible on the fake watch’s crown is that this little element is engraved less deep rather than the crown found on the authentic watch, which is deeply engraved into the metal. The genuine engraving also looks very consistent and qualitative, while the replica one is at least arguable.

If the design is mottled or if there is no detail on the crown, rest assured that the watch is not the real deal.

Step 7: Inspect the case-back elements and engravings

Moving on to the seventh method on how to spot fake Patek Philippe Nautilus watches, we are now going to have a look at the elements and at the engravings on the back side of the watches.

Basically, we are going to look at the engravings on the mechanism visible by flipping the watch upside down.

Patek Phillipe Nautilus fake vs real guide

Now that we’ve flipped the real vs fake Patek Philippe Nautilus watches upside down, you can see in the image above how the replica item has its inscription looking too thick.

genuine vs replica Patek Phillipe Nautilus

In the image with the fake vs authentic Patek Philippe Nautilus watches above, we have pointed out how the replica watch has its Patek Philippe logo at the wrong thickness.

That is because the replica Patek Philippe watch’s logo is too too thick, while the genuine item has its logo thinner and looking more “elegant” rather than the one on the counterfeit-manufactured watch. It also definitely has to do with the quality and deepness of the engraving.

As for the eighth method on how to spot fake Patek Philippe Nautilus watches, we are going to have a look at the bracelet once again.

This time, we are going to inspect the classic Patek Philippe Calatrava Cross logo which can be found anywhere around the Patek Philippe trademark.

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In the image with the authentic vs replica Patek Philippe Nautilus watches above, we have pointed out how the replica item has its logo not deeply enough engraved on the watch’s clasp.

On the other hand, looking at the genuine item, you can see how its logo is engraved deeper into the clasp, looking much more consistent and qualitative.

Step 9: Verify the quality of the metal on the Patek Philippe Nautilus

As for the ninth and the last step of the guide on how to spot fake Patek Philippe Nautilus watches, we are going to randomly take a look at the rose gold version and its quality on the fake vs real Patek Philippe watches.

how to spot fake Patek Phillipe Nautilus

The Patek Philippe Nautilus comes manufactured in stainless steel, or much more expensive materials and asking prices for the watch: platinum or gold.

In case you get a Nautilus in your hands that suggest it is made of platinum or gold, take into consideration a visit to a jeweler who can apply a chemical test that will definitely let you know the material the watch was made of.

This unless the difference is visible, like in the picture above, where the replica is made out of steel, but it is looking very much like the rose gold option of the Patek Philippe Nautilus watch.

How can I spot the fake Patek Philippe Nautilus watches in 60 seconds?

The 9 detailed real vs fake Patek Philippe Nautilus steps outlined above might not be so practical when you are in a hurry or when you want to buy the item online.

That is why we have compiled this quick 60 seconds solution to authenticating your Patek Philippe Nautilus watch. Below are the top 9 indicators that can help you determine if you have a fake or real Patek Philippe Nautilus watch.

  1. Check the date wheel on your watch. Most of the fake items will have their text misplaced and at the wrong thickness
  2. Have a look at the bracelet, as most of the fake items will have their links improperly sized, specially the first one below the 6 o’clock lugs
  3. Examine the bezel of your watch, because the replica watches tend to have their bezel too wide
  4. Verify the crown guards, as most of the fake items will have their crown guard too narrow, while the genuine watch’s crown guards cover a larger portion of the crown
  5. Check the dial of your watch, as the replica items usually have their elements misaligned and their colour of the dial is either wrong or it is missing the fading out effect on the edges
  6. Authenticate the crown of your watch, as most of the replica items have their crown too little visible
  7. Brief the Patek Philippe inscriptions on the case-back of your Nautilus watch, as most of the fake pieces have their text and logo too thick or too thin
  8. Have a look at the bracelet of your watch, since most of the fake items have their logo engraved not deep enough on the watch’s clasp
  9. Check the material of your watch and make sure it is consistent. In case you are looking at a more expensive material (platinum or gold), have it checked by a jeweler too

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That brings us to the end of our guide on how to spot fake vs real Patek Philippe Nautilus watches. We will continue to update this article as better and newer comparisons are put out.


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