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Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5065
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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 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. The 5065 'Jumbo', with its 38 mm case, was introduced in 1998, just a year after the short-run reference 5060. The 5065 has full Arabic indexes and the straight end rubber strap, where later Aquanauts would sacrifice the ‘3’ by moving the date aperture to the left and even introduce a curved rubber strap that hugs the case. We love this reference because of these details that give it a no-nonsense, almost prototype-like, look. This particular watch comes with the original box and papers, dating it back to 2006.
Patek Philippe AquanautThe Aquanaut was first released in 1997 as a Nautilus variant with lugs. You read that 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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