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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1998
    Reference No: 4960
    Movement No: 1’538’657
    Case No: 4’045’937
    Model Name: Aquanaut for the Japanese market
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Quartz, cal. E19 C, 7 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Rubber
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Patek Philippe deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 28mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe service slip case and presentation box. Further delivered with a Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming its date of manufacture in 1998 and its subsequent date of sale on the 9th October 1998.

  • Catalogue Essay

    In 1997, Patek Philippe launched their very first sports wristwatch fitted with a rubber strap, the Aquanaut ref. 5060A. The model featured a rounded octagonal stainless steel case measuring a specific 35.6mm resembling the case shape of the famed Nautilus with the absence of the “ears” featured on the case bands of the Nautilus. In the following year, the firm launched a ladies iteration with a smaller case size measuring 28mm and powered by a quartz caliber E19C. The regular production of the reference featured a matte black dial whilst a small quantity featuring a beautiful navy blue dial were released exclusively for the Japanese market.

    The present example Patek Philippe ref. 4960 with a navy blue dial from 1998 is offered in excellent overall condition with an Extract from the Archives confirming its blue embossed dial.

  • 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. 4960
A fine stainless steel lady's quartz wristwatch with date and presentation box, made for the Japanese market

百達翡麗,型號4960,精細,精鋼石英腕錶,備日期顯示,為日本市場特別發行,1998年製。附後補證書、錶盒

1998
28mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$78,000 - 120,000 
€8,400-12,900
$10,000-15,400

Sold for HK$163,800

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi

Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XI

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2020