On May 17, 4:07 PM UTC
Patek Phillippe Aquanaut 5066/1A-001 on Bracelet
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Debuting in 1997, the Patek Philippe Aquanaut was released to engage with a newly minted clientele with money in their pocket during the stock market explosion. Released under the same premise as the Nautilus when it was released in 1976, the Aquanaut was a trendy watch that broke from traditional Patek Philippe aesthetic stylings. Featuring a first for Patek with its composite strap, the Aquanaut needed to be delicately launched. So it was first released as a limited-edition offering of 1000 pieces with the ref. 5060A. Thanks to its success, in 1998, the year following, Patek launched a new variant of the Aquanaut, the ref. 5066A, which is what we have here. Featuring the same 36mm stainless steel case and the same automatic cal. 330 SC movement as the ref. 5060A, the ref. 5066A is very similar to its predecessor, yet it introduces a sapphire crystal exhibition caseback to the collection. This allowed the 120m water-resistant Aquanaut ref. 5066A to become the most water-resistant timepiece to sport an exhibition caseback, an impressive feat for Patek Philippe considering their pedigree was in complicated classical timepieces, not sports watches. An icon of modern watchmaking, the Aquanaut has transcended horology, and with the ref. 5066A marking the beginning of its production as a serially-produced watch, it is a remarkably important and collectible reference.
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Est. value range
$25,000 – $35,000
Automatic cal. 330 SC
Stainless steel bracelet
Watch is in near-mint condition, with some surface wear visible. There are some small scratches visible on the bracelet as well as the polished edges of the case. A few light marks are visible on the brushed bezel. Tritium dial in near-mint condition with nicely aged luminous indexes. Bracelet has 14 links total, 5 of which are removable. There is little stretch.
A maverick amongst Patek Philippe's rather conservatively styled timepieces, the Aquanaut youthened the brand's catalog with its composite strap, sleek aesthetic, impressive 120m water resistance, and robust Nautilus-inspired stainless steel construction.