Patek Philippe - The Geneva Watch Auction: XV Geneva Saturday, May 7, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: Circa 1998
    Reference No: 5066A
    Movement No: 3'025'539
    Case No: 4'054'935
    Model Name: Aquanaut "Japan"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 330/194, 30 jewels, stamped with the Geneva Seal
    Bracelet/Strap: Blue rubber
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Patek Philippe deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 36mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin, leather document holder, slip case, product literature, registered guarantee card, original blue strap, service papers, stickers and seal.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Patek Philippe Aquanaut ref. 5060, initially released in 1997 was the first wristwatch from the brand to be fitted with a rubber strap. The well-received model was first released as a limited edition of 1,000 pieces to commemorate the renowned Nautilus' 20th anniversary. The timepiece directly takes its inspiration from the Nautilus. Later examples were fitted with sapphire casebacks proudly showcasing the durable self-winding caliber with straight line lever escapement and a solid gold rotor, which was the same as early instances of the reference from the late 1990s.

    The current model, reference 5066 was released after the original version. It is one of a very small number made for the Japanese market. Its blue dial, which features applied Arabic numbers and large illuminating accents, has a very modern and whimsical appearance. As observed from the service seal the watch is offered in excellent overall condition of both case and dial. Given the small amount of production of "Japan Edition" that are known to exist on the open market, it's safe to say that this is a rare opportunity to add one of the most unusual and charismatic Aquanaut models in one's collection. Additionally, this present example of Aquanaut comes with an extensive selection of Japanese documents, registered guarantee cards confirming its service and original Certificate of Origin. It is service sealed.

  • 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. 5066A
A very fine and highly attractive limited edition stainless steel wristwatch with blue dial, made for the Japanese market, with Certificate of Origin and Japanese registered guarantee card, service sealed

Circa 1998
36mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

CHF30,000 - 60,000 

Sold for CHF100,800

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XV

Geneva Auction 7 - 8 May 2022