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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 2007
    Reference No: 5065A-001
    Movement No: 3'614'624
    Case No: 4'346'944
    Model Name: Aquanaut
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 315 SC, 29 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Patek Philippe bracelet, max length 200mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Patek Philippe concealed double deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 37mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin stamped by Patek Philippe Salons de Geneve and dated July 7, 2007, additional rubber strap with double deployant clasp, product literature, leather wallet, fitted presentation box and outer packaging

  • Catalogue Essay

    Patek Philippe has only ever made two sports watches: the Nautilus and the Aquanaut.

    Both share a number of signature design elements implemented in Gerald Genta’s original design, including a rounded octagonal bezel with a brushed surface and polished, bevelled edges.

    But with the Aquanaut, Patek Philippe also introduced several new features that would attract a younger consumer base to the brand and consecrate the then revolutionary pairing of rubber straps with luxury sports watches.
    Launched in 1997, the Aquanaut presented a new more casual alternative to the Nautilus. Initially limited to 1,000 pieces, in gold and stainless steel, the Aquanaut was put into regular production with the release of the reference 5065A.

    Nicknamed the ‘Jumbo’ because of its large, 37mm case diameter, the new Aquanaut revealed the once concealed self-winding calibre 315 SC through a sapphire display caseback.

    The present, early reference 5065/1A-001 is unlike any of the future models. It is the only variant of the reference ever sold as a package that included both the rubber composite strap and steel bracelet, an option much loved.
    Even for a casual, sporty wristwatch, significant planning and attention to detail went into the design for the Aquanaut. The embossed, oversized guilloché dial is reminiscent of the brick design of both the steel bracelet and the rubber strap. Significantly more luminous material is used on the dial of the Aquanaut in comparison to the Nautilus, and the hands and indexes are consequently thicker.
    Preserved in exceptional condition for almost two decades, and accompanied by all of its original accessories, the opportunity to own this very rare and original Aquanaut "Jumbo" is one not to be missed.

  • Artist Biography

    Patek Philippe

    Swiss • 1839

    Since its founding in 1839, this famous Geneva-based firm has been surprising its clientele with superbly crafted timepieces fitted with watchmaking's most prestigious complications. Traditional and conservative designs are found across Patek Philippe's watches made throughout their history — the utmost in understated elegance.

    Well-known for the Graves Supercomplication — a highly complicated pocket watch that was the world’s most complicated watch for 50 years — this family-owned brand has earned a reputation of excellence around the world. Patek's complicated vintage watches hold the highest number of world records for results achieved at auction compared with any other brand. For collectors, key models include the reference 1518, the world's first serially produced perpetual calendar chronograph, and its successor, the reference 2499. Other famous models include perpetual calendars such as the ref. 1526, ref. 3448 and 3450, chronographs such as the reference 130, 530 and 1463, as well as reference 1436 and 1563 split seconds chronographs. Patek is also well-known for their classically styled, time-only "Calatrava" dress watches, and the "Nautilus," an iconic luxury sports watch first introduced in 1976 as the reference 3700 that is still in production today.

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Ref. 5065A-001
A fine stainless steel wristwatch with center seconds, date and bracelet

37mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

CHF15,000 - 25,000 

Sold for CHF42,500

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The Geneva Watch Auction: NINE

Geneva Auction 11-12 May 2019