A lot has been written individually about the iconic 5711 1/A and the not quite so iconic 5712 1/A, but I thought it might make for an interesting discussion to compare the 2.
I will be happy to start. The 5711 seems to be a significantly more desired reference. While I can understand the reasons why: historical lineage dating back to 3700; elegant, sporty simplicity; and pure aesthetic preference for the uncluttered dial compared to what some consider the asymmetry of 5712 - I find the 5712 to be much more interesting visually, with its moon phase/date register and power reserve. Also the 5712 is virtually as thin and comfortable to wear as 5711 and has a wonderful (IMHO) complication and Patek at least for me is all about complications.
Regarding white vs blue/black 5711 dial, yes the blue/black is generally more desired, but the icey cool, bold white seems to be gaining ground. The blue/black is shimmeringly beautiful in daylight, but appears rather dark and less interesting at night. The white is fantastic in any light.
I would like to be able to rate the 3 in order of preference, but I can't since the 5712 is a relatively recent acquisition and I am not sure that even over time I will be able to do a rating that will remain my preference. The one thing I can say for certain, is that for me they are each very different in character from the other and I am thrilled to own the "set".
How do you feel about these 3 models compared to each other?
I look forward to reading your viewpoint.