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08/04/22
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Lot #1574

Patek Philippe Jumbo Aquanaut Box and Papers with Bracelet 5065A-001

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Introduction

Debuting in 1997, the Patek Philippe Aquanaut was released to engage with a new kind of clientele - a younger, sportier, and trendier watch collector that was newly minted on the back of the “dot com” stock market explosion. Released under the same premise as the Nautilus when it was released in 1976 – a trendy watch for a new clientele, the Aquanaut raised suspicions from Patek’s traditional collectors with its position as the first Patek to feature a rubber strap – something collectors saw as a cheap design option at the time. With the Aquanaut’s black rectangle-filled rubber strap and matching supposed-grenade-inspired dial, the Aquanaut 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. Launched in 1998, just one year after the model’s initial debut, the ref. 5065A introduced two significant changes to the collection over its predecessor, the ref. 5060. These two changes were a 2mm larger case – now weighing in at 38mm, and a sapphire crystal exhibition caseback. With its larger display providing a better balance between case and dial and its new sapphire caseback providing a very real view of the stunning movement that powered the ref. 5065, the Aquanaut continued to grow as one of Patek’s best value propositions. Today, it exists as one of their most sought-after models, and the ref. 5065 was instrumental in kickstarting its popularity.

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Grade

M 9

Status

Vetted & Approved

Included

Box and Papers, Extra Steel Bracelet

Est. value range

$50,000 – $70,000

The Details

Brand

Patek Philippe

Dimensions

38mm

Model

Aquanaut

Movement

Automatic cal. 315 S C

Reference

5065

Bracelet

Black rubber strap

Year

2004

Condition

Near-Mint

Material

Stainless steel

Included

Box and Papers, Steel Bracelet

Dial Color

Black Tritium Indexes

THE DIAL

The supposed grenade-inspired dial has incredible depth with its engraved crosshatch pattern. Furthermore, the ref. 5065 boasts beautifully aged tritium indexes with a pleasing off-white color that sit on top of applied 18kt white gold Arabic indexes which reflect the 18kt white gold hands.

THE MOVEMENT

The 5065A-001 was the first Aquanaut to showcase the improved caliber 315 S C movement. Earlier versions of the model however, had the caliber 330 SC. The 330 caliber was slightly thicker than the subsequent 315, which made for a more recessed positioning of the date wheel on the front side of the movement.

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

Watch is near mint condition. Case has very light wear, commensurate with very careful use. There are no major marks or dings visible. The tritium on the dial has aged to a beautiful warm cream color, and the dial is free from any marks or damage. The watch is fitted on a tropic strap that has been cut to fit a medium small wrist, but also comes with a full length steel bracelet.

Our Perspective

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...

Eric Ku

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Lot # 1574

Patek Philippe Jumbo Aquanaut Box and Papers with Bracelet 5065A-001

Sold

$50,601

Ended
08/04/22