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Auction Ended
08/04/22
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Lot #1573

Patek Philippe Jumbo White Gold Aquanaut Blue Dial 5168G-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. Following on from its debut, the Aquanaut has grown into a rather diverse collection of iconic and sought-after timepieces, with the reference we have here standing as one of the most desirable, the 18kt white gold ref. 5168G. While the latest generation of the Aquanaut was released in 2007 with an updated aesthetic, the ref. 5168G was launched in 2017 as a 20th-anniversary model. Merging the Aquanaut’s robust sports-oriented functionality with a luxurious 18kt white gold construction and Patek Philippe’s holy trinity finishing, the end result is a sports watch with very few equals. Pushing its elegant design to the limit, the Patek Philippe Aquanaut ref. 5168G features an 18kt white gold 42.2mm case, which houses a stunning blue dial with a subtle graduation from its bright blue center to a navy-black along its periphery with the Aquanaut’s signature horizontal embossing across its entire surface. An incredibly luxurious and wonderfully designed timepiece, the ref. 5168G indeed has it all.

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Grade

M 9

Status

Vetted & Approved

Included

Box and Papers

Est. value range

$70,000 – $100,000

The Details

Brand

Patek Philippe

Dimensions

42.2mm

Model

Aquanaut

Movement

Automatic cal. 324 S C

Reference

5168G

Bracelet

Blue rubber strap with 18kt white gold deployant folding buckle

Year

2020

Condition

Near-Mint

Material

18kt white gold

Included

Watch, box and papers

Dial Color

Blue (Gradient)

THE DIAL

The ref. 5168G's sleek blue dial features an engraved crosshatch pattern that flows onto the tropical rubber strap, giving the Aquanaut an entirely integrated aesthetic.

THE MOVEMENT

Proudly displayed behind an exhibition caseback, the cal. 324 S C's 22k yellow gold winding rotor and stunning finishing are a treat for the senses and a clear step above what usually power sports watches.

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 in overall near-mint condition. Carefully worn by the previous owner, there are only the slightest signs of wear. Upon close inspection, there are a few light marks on the polished surfaces visible, predominantly on the clasp. The band is cut to fits a 7" to 7.25" wrist.

Our Perspective

Combining Patek's determination to create a genuinely capable sports watch with their fondness for luxurious watchmaking brings us the ref. 5168G - a maverick amongst Patek Philippe's rather conservatively styled timepieces with a blue rubber strap, a sleek integrated aesthetic, and a rather robust 120m water resistance.

Eric Ku

Co-founder

Lot # 1573

Patek Philippe Jumbo White Gold Aquanaut Blue Dial 5168G-001

Sold

$68,200

Ended
08/04/22