The 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 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.
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 Aquanaut is the marginally easier steel Patek Phillipe to get at the moment. But beyond that, the Aquanaut is a very compelling package. The classic design and water resistance allow the piece to be appropriate in any occasion (aided by the ability to switch from the rubber strap to a metal bracelet), and it’s coming out of one of the most highly respected watch companies in the world (implications of stored value and name cache).
As alluded to earlier, the demand for the Aquanaut line has skyrocketed in the past few years. 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!
When a watch bears the “Patek Phillippe” 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). The Aquanaut 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.