Debuting in 1997, the Patek Philippe Aquanaut was released under the same premise as the Nautilus when it was released in 1976 – a trendy watch for a younger newly-minted clientele. The first Patek to feature a rubber strap – something collectors saw as a cheap design option at the time, the Aquanaut was treated with a certain level of trepidation, which it has since overcome as one of the brand’s most popular models. With the ref. 5164A's integrated black rubber strap and black embossed dial, this Aquanaut variant is a smart and trendy option for the collector who wants their timepiece to fly under the radar while still packing a hefty punch of horological history and an iconic design that has since become one of Patek Philippe’s most emblematic offerings. Featuring a plethora of useful complications, the ref. 5164/1A is the travel time variant, and so sports a ghost dual-time hand that can be hidden beneath the primary hour hand when desired. Furthermore, it sports a pointer date subdial sandwiched between AM/PM indicators for the local and home time, as inscribed in white on the black dial.
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Est. value range
$40,000 – $60,000
In near-mint overall condition, showing only minor surface wear. The watch has been seldom used and comes complete with all accessoires. Bracelet has been cut but it accommodates a large size wrist. Please note that the previous owner used a sharpie/black marker to redact his name from the guarantee papers.
A maverick amongst Patek Philippe's rather conservatively styled timepieces, the Aquanaut ref. 5164/1A youthens the brand's catalog with its rubber strap, sleek all-black aesthetic, robust 120m water resistance, and brilliantly useful complications.