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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1999
    Reference No: 5065/1A-001
    Movement No: 3’011’253
    Case No: 4’047’794
    Model Name: Aquanaut
    Material: Stainless Steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 315 SC, 30 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Patek Philippe bracelet, max length 180mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Patek Philippe deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 37mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin stamped Shreve & Co LTD, original invoice dated 27th May 1999, instruction manual, product literature, leather folio, additional Patek Philippe tropical strap with clasp, outer packaging and fitted presentation box. Further accompanied by an Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1999 and its subsequent sale on April 27th, 1999.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Patek Philippe released the Aquanaut wristwatch in 1997 at Basel and similar to the earlier Nautilus model, it is a sporty wristwatch with cool casual feel. The first reference 5060 measured 36mm in diameter and made in a limited number of 1000 examples. It retained Gerald Genta design elements of the Nautilus like the rounded octagonal bezel and brushed surface with polished bevel edges, however the Aquanaut was marketed to a younger consumer and appeared more casual with the addition of the then revolutionary rubber composite tropical strap.

    Patek Philippe next released the reference 5065 a 37mm “Jumbo” diameter wristwatch with the automatic caliber 315 and screw down sapphire crystal back. In production from 1998 until 2006 the watch was retailed with both a stainless steel bracelet and the rubber tropical strap. The Aquanaut became a sought after timepiece and over the ensuing years the brand upgraded the watch with a chronograph (5968A) and a time traveler model (5164A).

    The present example is now 20 years old and remains in excellent condition and is accompanied by its original accessories including the original invoice from Shreve & Co. The Aquanaut is well on its way to becoming a classic 21st century watch that can be enjoyed by both young and older collectors. Its stainless steel case with clean lines and tropical pattern dial are sure to attract collectors seeking a casual vibe. The present example is appearing at auction for the first time.

  • 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. 5065/1A-001
A fine and attractive stainless steel wristwatch with center seconds, date, bracelet, Certificate of Origin and presentation box, retailed by Shreve & Co.

37mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

HK$150,000 - 300,000 

Sold for HK$250,000

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