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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: Circa 1999
    Reference No: 5066A-010
    Movement No: 3’027’829
    Case No: 4’077’125
    Model Name: Aquanaut “Japan”
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 330 SC aut, 30 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Rubber
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Patek Philippe deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 36mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by blank Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin, instruction manual, product literature, Patek Philippe Japan Service guarantee and invoice, slipcase, portfolio, two additional rubber straps, cloth, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Patek Philippe’s Aquanaut was the first model produced by the manufacture to feature a rubber strap. When released at Basel in 1997, the reference 5065 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.

    The present example is part of a very limited number made for the Japanese market, according to scholarship only 500 pieces are made. It most notably displays a special blue dial with applied numerals.

    Fresh-to-the-market and offered in remarkably well-preserved condition remaining sealed since its last service from Patek Philippe. The present example comes with two additional rubber strap in two cool shades of blue. Accompanied with its Certificate of Origin, it even retains its original blue Patek Philippe presentation box. Considering that 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.

  • 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-010
A highly rare and attractive limited edition stainless steel wristwatch with center seconds, date, blue dial, Certificate of Origin and presentation box, made for the Japanese market

Circa 1999
36mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

HK$160,000 - 250,000 

Sold for HK$1,134,000

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia 
+852 2318 2031

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV

Hong Kong Auction 27 - 28 May 2022