Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5065A

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The 1990s saw the arrival of smart-casual and business-casual clothing in the workplace. The Patek Philippe Aquanaut—which drew inspiration from the smaller ref. 3800 Nautilus—was launched in 1997 as the perfect watch for this era of fashion: it was suitable for diving and other sporty activities but could be worn equally well in the boardroom.The 5065 'Jumbo' with its 38 mm sized stainless steel case was introduced in 1998, just a year after the short-run reference 5060. The Aquanaut bears a striking resemblance to the Nautilus with its porthole-inspired octagonal bezel with alternating satin-brushed and highly-polished finishes and the highly-polished case. Nevertheless, it has a uniquely sporty look thanks to the rubber strap and the matching embossed black dial. This specimen dates back to 1999 and comes with a black dial, painted tritium hour markers and applied 18k white gold applied Arabic indexes. On later references of the Aquanaut, Patek sacrificed the ‘3’ index by moving the date aperture to the left. We love the 5065 because of this detail, which gives it a no-nonsense, almost prototype-like, look. The majority of Aquanauts on the market come on a rubber strap only, but we’ve managed to find one with the original bracelet. This unique bracelet has a chunky look with highly polished links that somewhat resemble the tracks on a tank.The watch has just been serviced by Patek Philippe and is covered by Patek’s two-year service warranty, giving you plenty of peace of mind. In addition to the service papers we’ve also included an extract of the Patek archives.

Introduction

Patek Philippe AquanautThe Aquanaut was first released in 1997 as a Nautilus variant with lugs. That's right, a Nautilus with lugs. This limited edition ref. 5060J in yellow gold came on a leather strap. Clearly influenced by the Nautilus, it had the same porthole-shape case and similar dimensions as the midsize ref. 3800 Nautilus, but lacked the integrated bracelet and iconic ears on the sides of the case. The successor, the 5060S, was the first proper watch to be advertised as an Aquanaut. This stainless steel Aquanaut was the first to be fitted on a durable rubber strap and black embossed dial with the texture matching the strap, giving the impression of continuity like the Nautilus. The 5060J and 5060S were released in limited numbers only, but were soon followed by the 5065A and 5065J ‘Jumbo’ references with a slightly larger (38 mm) case in 1998.

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