Introduced in 1998, the Aquanaut was Patek Philippe's attempt at appealing to a younger audience. No longer featuring an integrated bracelet, the Aquanaut was first made in a rubber strap version. Initially released with a solid back, the 5065A-001 was the first model to feature a display back as well as a larger 38mm case. 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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Est. value range
$10,000 – $20,000
The overall condition is excellent. Luminova dial and hands match and are flawless. There is no aging to the luminous material and it appears white. There is a small ding in the mid case around 8 o'clock, but the rest of the dial and bezel only have small amounts of surface wear. Rubber strap looks like new and is uncut.
Initially somewhat snubbed, the Aquanaut has now ascended to the pantheon of collectible and coveted sport watches of the modern era. This exact reference Aquanaut was the first Patek Philippe I'd ever bought, for the princely sum of $6,000 in 2000. I sure wish I'd kept it...