When a watch bears the “Patek Philippe” inscription on the dial, the mind can’t help but go to a few places: well-finished movements, timeless designs, maybe the trinity. It’s unlikely you’ll think of a crafted rubber strap, but that is precisely the Aquanaut’s claim to fame (well, the biggest one at least). TheAquanaut was introduced as a less expensive, more casual, and perhaps a more fun alternative to the Nautilus. It came delivered on a rubber strap, which was certainly a statement. “A rubber strap? For how much?” If there is a brand who can do such a stunt, it’s Patek Philippe. You are bound to find an Aquanaut to suit your fancy, from a time- only drab green, to a bright orange chronograph, to a black dual time-zone. Learn more about the collection when you browse our pre-owned assortment of versatile pieces.
Patek Philippe Aquanaut: A History
The Patek Philippe Aquanaut was introduced by Patek Philippe in 1997, and though Gerald Genta himself did not design the watch, its design is unmistakably inspired by his renowned Nautilus. This is mainly reflected in the porthole-styled case, though the Patek Philippe Aquanaut takes a departure from the Nautilus by having straight lugs that accept other straps. The notion of a luxury sports watch was indeed set into motion years prior, and the Aquanaut’s release in the late 90s only fueled the fire that was. If you’re interested in learning more about the collection’s fascinating history, read this blog article for a detailed overview.
What Makes the Aquanaut So Desirable?
While it is a stand-alone piece in its own right, it would be wrong to think the huge popularity of the Aquanaut is not at least slightly influenced by the red-hot Nautilus. The Patek Philippe Aquanaut is the marginally easier steel Patek Philippe to get at the moment. But beyond that, the Aquanaut is a very compelling package. The classic design and water resistance allows the piece to be appropriate in any occasion,(aided by the ability to switch from the rubber strap to a metal bracelet. Plus, it’s coming out of one of the most highly respected watch companies in the world—(implications of stored value and name cache).
Why Buy Pre-Owned Aquanauts?
As alluded to earlier, the demand for the Patek Philippe Aquanaut line has skyrocketed in the past few years, which is likely what has made the watch so expensive. It is one of the most in-demand pieces, and as a result, it has become increasingly difficult to find in an authorized dealer. So, going with a pre-owned Aquanaut is a solid option mainly because they are available to purchase. If you are in the market for an Aquanaut, Watchbox’s global inventory is the best place to start your search.
Discover Standout Models
Boasting a range of references that have been impressing collectors for over two decades, the Aquanaut is available in a chronograph as well as a Travel Time piece that features a second time zone. Enthusiasts can also find some of the brand’s most coveted calibers beating away in these beautiful watches, including the CH 28-520 and 324 S C FUS. If you’re interested in purchasing a pre-owned Aquanaut, consider your functionality and style preferences before creating a budget as demand for specific models does affect the price. Currently, our inventory ranges from $57,950 to $154,950. Learn more about a selection of the most compelling pieces in the suite.
By far, one of the most iconic iterations of the Aquanaut is the 5167A introduced in 2007. It was released as a 10th anniversary upgrade to the collection, and improvements included a less crowded dial, an elevated “geosphere” guilloche pattern on the dial base, a date that moves outboard to supplant the 3, and a new “tropical” strap with added texture. Learn more about the piece’s characteristics and design when you read this expert review of the “‘Speedster’ Sports Watch,” or check out this pre-owned ref. 5167A-001—another fascinating model with a black embossed dial. Lastly, watch this up-close comparison of the 5167A-001 and the 5711/1A-010 to see other nuances in action.
In 2011, the world of watch collectors witnessed the release of the incredible Aquanaut Travel Time 5164A. It’s a casual sports watch that features a second time zone, the impressive caliber 324 S C FUS, and a robust 45-hour power reserve. Learn more about what makes this watch tick when you read this article, “Prime Time: Patek Philippe Aquanaut Travel Time.” And, be sure to check out this pre-owned ref. 5164A-001 equipped with a 40.8mm stainless steel case and embossed black dial.
Joining the ranks of the Aquanauts’ nearly new chronograph suite, the ref. 5968G in white gold is available in two eye-catching colors: khaki and gradient blue. Both of these combinations make for a striking dial and strap duo, expanding on the collection’s previous stainless steel offering of black and orange rubber straps. For movement enthusiasts, this reference is powered by the caliber 28-520C/528 which flaunts a flyback functionality. On a final note of interest, this is the first Aquanaut Chronograph available in a precious metal.