Patek Philippe - The Geneva Watch Auction: XIV Geneva Friday, November 5, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 2007
    Reference No: 5065
    Movement No: 3'614'912
    Case No: 4'361'992
    Model Name: Aquanaut
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 315/293, 29 jewels, stamped with the Geneva Seal
    Bracelet/Strap: Patek Philippe composite rubber strap, max length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Patek Philippe double deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 37mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, strap and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 2007 and its subsequent sale on June 20, 2007.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Launched in 1997, the Aquanaut is now considered a more casual alternative to the Nautilus. Interestingly, the very first iteration of the design, already sporting the 5065 reference number, was in fact a gold watch with alligator strap part of the Nautilus collection. This precious metal iteration was most likely a market test for a more elegant Nautilus variant (black flat dial, gold case, strap). In the end, most probably spurred by the market feedback, the company went the opposite way, offering with the Aquanaut an even sportier and younger line of watches than the Nautilus. The rubber strap - a choice that was extremely iconoclastic, especially for a brand as traditional as Patek Philippe - is a clear indication of this philosophy.

    The present stainless steel 5065 is offered in absolutely unrestored condition, sporting a flawless dial and a case which has never seen the polishing wheel in its entire life.

  • 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. 5065
A fresh, distinguished and early stainless steel wristwatch with center seconds and date

37mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, strap and clasp signed

CHF15,000 - 25,000 

Sold for CHF44,100

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XIV

Geneva Auction 5 & 7 November 2021