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!
Credited with making the first wristwatch in 1898, Patek Philippe was launched in 1839 by Francois Czapek, a watchmaker, and Antonit Patek, a businessman, who were both Polish immigrants. The original watch crafted by Patek Philippe included a split-seconds hand, perpetual calendar, minute repeater and chronograph. For a company considered new and up-and-coming, this was an impressive feat at the time. In 1932, the company was purchased by the Stern family, and Patek has evolved and come quite a far way from its humble beginnings. In fact, in 2002 alone, the company produced more than 40,000 watches. Today, Patek Philippe watches are still sold for high prices due to their intricate mechanical features and unique look.
While the history and precision timekeeping offered by Patek Philippe watches is appealing, today, this is one of the most well-known brands around the globe. Having been donned on the wrists of celebrities and royals alike, this brand of wristwatch denotes exquisite taste and an appreciation for the finer things in life.
When you purchase pre-owned Patek Philippe watches, you can find newer versions of the timepieces, as well as some of the classic, vintage options that are no longer in production. Do you want to wear the same watch seen on Prince Albert’s wrist? Or, be able to compare your watch the high-class families in Egypt? At WatchBox, our company provides access to years of Patek Philippe models, specializing in only like-new options, to ensure you receive the exquisite timepiece you expect.