PATEK PHILIPPE AQUANAUT 5066A-001

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PATEK PHILIPPE AQUANAUT 5066A-001

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THE ESSENTIALS

MAKE: PATEK PHILIPPE
MODEL: 5066A-001
YEAR: 1999
BOX/PAPERS: NO/YES (archive)
CASE DIAMETER: 36mm
CASE MATERIAL: STAINLESS STEEL
BRACELET MATERIAL: RUBBER
MOVEMENT: AUTOMATIC

Famously described by Thierry Stern - President of Patek Philippe & Co - the Aquanaut's purpose is something "...wearable, not for an evening reception, but for action," with a design reminiscent of military themes.

With the Nautilus famously designed by Gérald Genta, Patek Philippe sought to create their own luxury steel sports watch, entirely in-house. In 1997, they introduced the 5060A, widely regarded as the first Aquanaut. This model featured enduring signature elements: a stainless steel case, the recognisable checkerboard dial, and a 'Tropical' rubber strap - a design language still utilised on more modern references to this day.

The 5060A marked a sportier and more contemporary direction for Patek Philippe. Rumour has it that high-level military personnel first commissioned the model, inspiring its utilitarian design and grenade-like dial pattern. Since its debut, the Aquanaut has served as a modern canvas for experimentation, allowing the brand to explore beyond their traditional, classical designs.

In 1998, Patek Philippe expanded the line with three more references: the ref. 5064 with a quartz movement, the ref. 5065, the largest of the first-generation Aquanauts, and this reference, the 5066. The 5066 remained most faithful to the original 1997 design, while adding the allure of an open caseback.

This particular example, with a perfectly-proportioned 36mm case, hails from 1999, meaning that it sits at the start of the brands transition from Tritium to Superluminova applications for the plots and hands. Although these are said to be more common than the earlier Tritium examples, they offer exceptional legibility and contrast the 'Bevelled Brick' dial superbly. We feel this era is the Aquanaut at its very best, blending the charm of a more vintage sized watch with contemporary robustness and materials. Combine this with its sapphire caseback - allowing full view of the Calibre 330SC and its 29 jewel arrangement - and you have little to find fault with.

Accompanying the watch - which runs at an exceptional -2s/d - is a Patek Philippe Extract from the Archive, a new green 'Tropical' rubber strap, and an un-cut black 'Tropical' rubber strap. Thanks to the watches sporty aesthetics, it also pairs well with a more casual suede strap as pictured, should you prefer.

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