This is what happens if you put 5 fans of Gérald Genta designs in one room. Yesterday, our very own watch photographer Bert invited us over to his crib for the perfect BBQ (no vegetables) and show all our Genta stuff while enjoying good food and drinks.

Gerald Genta collection

Gerald Genta collectionAs you can see, we brought the usual suspects. 2x Patek Philippe Nautilus 3700/1A, 2x Nautilus 5711/1A, 1x Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 5402ST, 1x Royal Oak 14802 and 2x a Royal Oak 15202ST. All considered to be the ‘Jumbo’ models as designed by Gérald Genta. On top of that, there were some deviations of the original models such as the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26300, the Royal Oak Lady and an IWC Ingenieur SL Automatic in gold. All the watches are on top of the Royal Oak 40th anniversary book by AP. One Patek is missing from the picture, but that one is featured below 🙂

Some time ago, I did a comparison review on the Royal Oak and Nautilus (which you can find here), but yesterday the general opinion was that you actually need both. These watches are very different, and the people who were present who had ‘just’ one of them, noticed that they actually would love to have the other as well. Although people keep compare them (including yours truly), they are very different. The Nautilus is very smooth and slick where the Royal Oak is a bit more raw and ‘hard core’.

Below, an overview of the four Royal Oak ‘Jumbo’ models of which two are exactly the same (even don’t differ that much in terms of serial numbers). We were only missing one reference number, which is the very rare Royal Oak ref.15002. Similar to the jubilee version that was also present yesterday (ref.14802), but without the transparent case back.

Royal Oak Jumbo Last but not least, the one that was missing on the first picture, the Patek Philippe Nautilus ref.3700/1A from 1977. As you can see, it is in its original cork box. Truly a rare find. The movement inside this Patek Philippe Nautilus 3700 is identical to those used (and still being used) for the AP Royal Oak Jumbo, all based on Jaeger-LeCoultre caliber 920.

Patek Philippe Cork Box

Patek Philippe Cork Box

Attending were Gerard, Michael, Bert, Michael, Frank and myself. Looking forward to the next BBQ theme.

  • Dbstokes

    That is one spectacular array of pieces RJ – simply awesome.

    •  Thanks! It was a very nice BBQ 🙂 I am pretty sure that GTGs with watches like these all together are rare.

  • Ffahrenholtz

    What a collection….!!! I know you have a slight favor for the 3700 Nautilus compared to the 5711, but what were the thoughts from some  of your friends, now that you had both models present…?

    •  The conclusion was that the watches you don’t have in your own collection are the ones you want. One guy with the 3700 was interested in the 5711/1A and the guy with a 5711/1A would almost kill for a 3700. There was one lucky bastard that had both, including a new and old Royal Oak Jumbo. Some people have all the luck. However, the general consensus is that the 3700/1A is slightly prefered over the 5711/1A. The case construction of the 3700/1A is more interesting (it is a one piece case, the 5711/1A is not), the dial has nicer wording on it and the lack of a second hand was favorable. The 5711/1A however, has the nicer clasp in the bracelet and the dial is a bit more ‘electric’. In the end, you’ll need both 🙂

  • Ffahrenholtz

    Thanks for the insights… I was in Paris the past weeek, where I was so lucky to get to try the new Royal Oak Jumbo 15202, which was everything I had hoped for – extremely nice watch! Walked directly from the AP store over to Patek to see if I could try the 5711/1A with the Jumbo fresh in mind. Of course this was not possible so played around with the 5726 instead…… Really looking forward to see the white dial verison of the 5711 as well. Still looking forward to when I can call one of such watches my own…. 🙂

  • Phil

    Those were all very nice.But the one left out is the Rolex Gold Sub with the Blue face. I wear It when I Scuba dive, with jeans or black tie & get great comments all the time.

  • Fred

    Hi. I’m new to this forum. I recently purchased a Gerald Genta BiRetro for $AUD3100. However it did not come with a user manual. Could anyone tell me from where I can download/purchase one? Many thanks.