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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 2012
    Reference No: 5065A
    Movement No: 5'644’134
    Case No: 4'046'674
    Model Name: Aquanaut
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 324 SC, 29 jewels, stamped with the Patek Philippe seal
    Bracelet/Strap: Rubber
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 37mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 2012 and its subsequent sale on January 14, 2013.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reminiscent of the Nautilus, the present Aquanaut is fitted with a beautiful octagonal shaped bezel with alternating brushed and satin finish. The embossed texture of the guilloché dial runs over the watch and continues its way all throughout the strap, giving the watch its fresh, sporty look that it is so famous for, with a touch of eccentricity in the colour choice of the rubber. One gets lost in the depth of its dial thanks to the thickness of the applied luminous material on the hour marks and on the white gold hands.

    Furthermore, the lucky owner of this watch will have the pleasure of peeking through its sapphire display case back, allowing him or her to discover the intricacy and the beautiful finish of its movement.

    Indeed, it is one of a kind. Although the Aquanaut reference 5065 was discontinued in 2007, the Extract from the Archives of the present watch defies the ages and confirms that it was manufactured in 2012. Not only produced six years after the official discontinuation of the reference, the present model is also fitted with a new in-house automatic calibre 324 SC, which was strictly reserved for the Aquanaut reference 5165, its successor, and the Nautilus reference 5711. It distinguishes itself once more from its peers with a Patek Philippe seal, hallmark of excellence, stamped on its movement, replacing the Poinçon de Genève which used to be applied on any creation pre-2009.

    Could this watch be an overlook by the renowned manufacture? Most probably not, but knowing the Swiss rigor and attention to details of Patek Philippe, we can only assume that the present watch was a special order for one of Patek Philippe’s most distinguished collectors. To our knowledge, it is the only known Aquanaut reference 5065A bearing a calibre 324 SC.

    Preserved in good condition, the opportunity to own this very rare and original Aquanaut 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
A fine and rare stainless steel wristwatch with center seconds, date and rubber strap

37mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

CHF15,000 - 25,000 

Sold for CHF52,920

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Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XIII

Geneva Auction 8 - 9 May 2021