A very rare and fine limited edition stainless steel wristwatch with date, center second, bracelet original Certificate of Origin and box, made for the Japanese market

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1998
    Reference No: 5066A
    Movement No: 3’026’014
    Case No: 4’054’973
    Model Name: Aquanaut
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 330 SC, 30 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Patek Philippe bracelet, stamped A613AC, max length 190mm.
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Patek Philippe double deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 33mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: With original Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin, unused blue tropical strap and double deployant clasp, leather portfolio, polish cloth, bracelet invoice from 2017, product literature, fitted presentation box and outer packging. Further delivered with Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch blue matte embossed dial in 1998 and its subsequent sale on October 9th, 1998

  • Catalogue Essay

    Patek Philippe’s Aquanaut was the first model produced and 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 collectors favorite and has been issued in a variety of sizes and movement types, include the reference 5650G. (Lot 926)

    Made in 1998, the present example is part of a very limited number made for the Japanese market, featuring a blue dial, the watch has a contemporary look and feel. Fresh to the market, it is accompanied by its original certificate of origin and is in very nice overall condition with a new Patek Philippe stainless steel bracelet. Scholarship indicates the production was approximately 500 timepieces and this is the 6th example to come to market.

  • 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. 5066A
A very rare and fine limited edition stainless steel wristwatch with date, center second, bracelet original Certificate of Origin and box, made for the Japanese market

百達翡麗,型號5066A,精細及非常罕有,限量版精鋼自動上弦鏈帶腕錶,配日期顯示和藍色錶盤,特別為日本市場製作,約1998年製。附錶盒和原裝證書 根據學者的研究資料顯示,目前為止百達翡麗型號5066A,連本拍品據知只有6枚曾現身拍賣市場,十分罕有珍貴

33mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

HK$160,000 - 250,000 

sold for HK$262,500

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