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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1998
    Reference No: 5066
    Movement No: 3'025'619
    Case No: 4'054'782
    Model Name: Aquanaut
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 330/194, 30 jewels, stamped with the Geneva Seal
    Bracelet/Strap: Patek Philippe rubber strap
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Patek Philippe double deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 36mm Width
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, strap and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1998 with "blue embossed dial, white gold Arabic numerals, tritium" and its subsequent sale on August 31, 1998

  • Catalogue Essay

    Patek Philippe’s Aquanaut was the first model produced by the manufacture which is sold with a rubber strap. When released at Basel in 1997, the reference 5065A Jumbo (36mm diameter) was a limited edition watch of 1,000 timepieces, and sold in both stainless steel and 18k yellow gold. The watch had a sporty appeal and representative of the casual era but was a breed unto itself compared to the Nautilus, which had been released 20 years earlier. The model became a collector’s favourite and has been issued in a variety of sizes and movement types.

    Made in 1998, the present example is part of a very limited number made for the Japanese market. Its blue dial with applied Arabic numerals and large luminous accents boasts a remarkably contemporary and playful look. 

    Fresh to the market, it is offered in remarkably well-preserved condition of both case and dial. Considered only a handful of examples of this “Japan Edition” are known from the public market, it is safe to say this is a highly exclusive opportunity to own one of the most unusual and charismatic Aquanaut models ever produced.

  • Maker Bio

    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. 5066
An unusual and very rare automatic wristwatch with center seconds, date, blue dial and rubber strap

1998
36mm Width
Case, dial, movement, strap and clasp signed

Estimate
CHF20,000 - 40,000 
€18,900-37,700
$20,700-41,300

sold for CHF85,000

Contact Specialist

Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East

41 79 637 1724
aghotbi@phillips.com

The Geneva Watch Auction: XI

Geneva Auction 27 - 28 June 2020