Patek Philippe Aquanaut Travel Time 5164ASold
Patek Philippe Aquanaut Travel Time 5164A
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The Patek Philippe Aquanaut Travel Time is the perfect watch for the frequent flier who already has everything.The 1990s saw the arrival of smart-casual and business-casual clothing in the workplace. The Patek Philippe Aquanaut—which drew inspiration from the midsize reference 3800 Nautilus—was launched in 1997 as the quintessential watch for this era: it was suitable for diving and other sporty activities but could be worn equally well in the boardroom or, in case of this particular model, on a private jet.The Aquanaut bears a striking resemblance to the Nautilus with its porthole-inspired octagonal bezel and with alternating satin-brushed and polished finishes. Nevertheless, it has a uniquely sporty look thanks to the rubber strap and the matching embossed black dial.The ref. 5164 was introduced in 2011 and was the very first Aquanaut with a complication. The watch features a dual time-zone function, which means that the local time can be read on the regular hands and the home time is displayed by a skeletonised GMT hand. Two pushers on the left-hand side of the case allow for the easy adjustment of the GMT hand in one-hour increments. Moreover, two small apertures display day/night indicators for the local and home time zones.The watch features a 40.8 mm stainless case and a thickness of 10.2 mm. The see-through sapphire case back provides an uncensored view of the expertly finished automatic movement with a 21k yellow-gold rotor.The watch dates back to 2014 and has just returned from a complete service at Patek Philippe. It comes as a full set and on a black rubber strap with stainless steel Patek Philippe butterfly clasp.
Patek PhilippePatek Philippe’s mechanical masterpieces are usually made from precious metals but its sporty steel Nautilus and Aquanaut lines have been popular as well since their introduction in the 1970s and 1990s, respectively.AquanautThe Aquanaut was first released in 1996 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. Its successor, the 5060A introduced in 1997, 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 5060A 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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