Patek Philippe Aquanaut Chronograph 5968A-001

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It took a surprisingly long time—over twenty years—for Patek to infuse the sporty casual Aquanaut with a chronograph complication.

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.

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 chronograph is a natural fit for a sporty watch. However, it took Patek Philippe over twenty years to actually put out an Aquanaut with a chronograph complication. The resulting ref. 5968 was introduced in 2018 and featured not just any chronograph mechanism, but a flyback chrono that allows the wearer to reset the running chronographs hand without having to pause it first.

The 5968 is executed in a 42.2 mm stainless steel case with popping orange rubber Patek Philippe strap and matching stainless steel butterfly clasp. The black embossed dial features applied 18k white-gold Arabic numerals and markers that are filled with white super luminova luminous compound. Moreover, the dial features several bright orange accents that match with the orange strap. The watch also has a display sapphire case back that provides an uncensored view of the expertly finished automatic movement with a 21k yellow-gold rotor.

This reference 5968 dates back to 2021 and is in excellent condition with only some minor scratches here and there. The watch comes as a full set with both (uncut) orange and black strap with the original Patek Philippe inner and outer box and papers.


Patek PhilippePatek Philippe’s ultra exclusive timepieces have usually been reserved for the lucky few. Its mechanical masterpieces were traditionally made from precious metals and worn by an elegant lady or gentleman.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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