Had a grand time over Easter weekend with the kiddies. Here I am watching over my daughter playing in the sand.
I seriously considered and looked at a PP 5711, its a great watch (I chose an AP instead). Patek ADs don't sell them over the internet. Also, not sure how many AD's there are near you or how busy they are, but I've walked into AD's and seen them in the show case. So I'm not sure there is a wait list for the 5711. At one point there was a wait list for its sibling the 5712/A, but I've even seen a few of those at ADs from time to time. If no AD's near you have one, go to Vegas for a long weekend. I was there in October and between the 2 or 3 ADs out there, they had each version of the Nautilus available for sale. Good luck and post some photos if you pull the trigger on one.
Refer to Dino944's post above too re: relative availability at ADs. It seems to be tougher to obtain here in NYC, at least over the last two to three months. Depending on the AD you might not get as much of a discount either given what seems to be strong demand for the piece. I obtained mine, pre-owned, from an AD in NYC but it was an interesting case: after wearing the piece for a few days the previous owner returned it to the AD "because it stopped working." It probably got magnetized, so the AD sent it to Patek for full servicing and I got it 20% off retail, Patek-sealed and fresh. Not bad, right? But I think I got lucky. Patek is also controlling production of the Nautilus a bit more "stern"-ly (ha), at least since early 2012. Quote from Thierry Stern below: "The Nautilus is a very strong watch. 60 percent of the clients here are wearing one which is great, but it’s dangerous too. We don’t want to become a one watch brand, so I control the production. We could easily sell twice as many steel Nautiluses as we do. Now you can get them on the second hand market for more than the retail price because of this." http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/2012/1/12/interview-thierry-stern-president-of-patek-philippe.html If you don't like waiting (patience is not my strong suit), you can obtain a Nautilus from the grey market pretty easily, but I am not sure how much lower you can go versus 20% off MSRP of $26,700 especially for BNIB. Obviously, do your due diligence with grey market dealers and "buy the seller."
It is a lovely, lovely watch and I'll just repeat what's been said many times before in dozens of forums: the blue/green dial is really mesmerizing to behold. I quite like the sweeping seconds hand too, and prefer the "clean" dial versus adding complications (5712, 5726, 5980, etc) - but that is just me. I find the entire Nautilus line very desirable. Which is surprising for me because a few months ago I couldn't see myself getting a "sporty" Patek watch. That semi-circular/oval/porthole look? Those ears? Ick! But that was when I was viewing it in 2D. Once you see it in person and once you have it on your wrist, oh man. All doubts evaporate.
I LOVE vintage chronos! There is a ROSE GOLD Patek 1518 ON A BRACELET (all caps because man, these things are rare) being auctioned by Antiquorum on April 10 in New York: http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/on-the-block-rose-gold-patek-phillipe-ref-1518-and-rolex-ref-8171-at-antiquorum-new-york Unfortunately I am short about $600,000 in my bank account.