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$26,000

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Auction Ended
07/19/21
At Jul 19, 4:04 PM UTC
Lot #1016

Patek Philippe Aquanaut First Series 5060

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Introduction

Introduced in 1998, the Aquanaut was Patek Philippe's attempt at appealing to a younger audience. No longer featuring an integrated bracelet like its big brother the Nautilus, it was first released on a rubber strap. 5060 was the very first model of the Aquanaut, and it came with a solid caseback (as opposed to the later display back variants). All in all, approximately 1000 pieces were created, split between steel and gold versions. There are rumors that it was produced at the behest of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, with the dial design inspired by a grenade.

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Grade

V 8.5

Status

Vetted & Approved

Included

Watch Only

Est. value range

$15,000 – $25,000

The Details

Brand

Patek Philippe

Dimensions

35mm

Model

5060a

Movement

Self-Winding, Caliber 330SC

Reference

Aquanaut

Bracelet

Rubber

Year

1997

Condition

Very Good

Material

Stainless Steel

Included

Watch Only

Dial Color

Black

THE DIAL

The tritium indexes on this example have aged to a golden hue, giving the watch a decidedly vintage flair.

THE CASEBACK

The reference 5060 Aquanauts' feature a solid caseback (later replaced with a display back in the 5065). Underneath the caseback is the true workhorse, the Patek Philippe caliber 330.

TIMING MACHINE READOUT

This reading was taken (crown down) with a ONEOF Accuracy Boutique Edition timing machine at time of cataloging. It is provided as a courtesy only, and shall not be construed as a warranty or guarantee of any kind. Please refer to our terms and conditions of sale for more information.

Condition

The overall condition of the watch is brilliant. Hairline abrasions are visible throughout -namely on the bezel, case sides and caseback. The dial is phenomenal with rich yellow patina on the indexes. Rubber strap is sized for a 6.75 inch wrist. The buckle has faint needlelike scratches. Being that the deployant does not possess the early 'Nautilus' signature, we speculate that it could have been replaced at some point or it was delivered as such.

Our Perspective

The 5060A is the perfect midpoint watch for those of us that want an example in a vintage style, which is still contemporary. The warm patina on the dial of this piece really makes for an attractive look on the wrist.

Eric Ku

Co-founder

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Lot # 1016

Patek Philippe Aquanaut First Series 5060

Sold

$26,000

Ended
07/19/21