PATEK PHILIPPE original « Nautilus Aquanaut » 5060A full set
The original reference 5060A is the very first Aquanaut designed to open the prestigious manufacturer to a younger audience back in 1997. Although it was featuring a classic size for the brand with 35.6mm diameter, everything else was quite daring starting from the alliance of steel & rubber serving a 3D grenade style dial. The watch is really a morphing of the Nautilus model pushed further into the sporty look. It was actually launched as the « Nautilus Aquanaut » at the time. Only 1000 pieces were made in all metal due to the limited availability of the movement 330SC. The presented timepiece is one of these.
Serial / movement: 3,02x,xxx/4.03x.xxx (february 1998).
Dial: raised guilloché motif mirroring the pattern & texture of its rubber strap and applied Arabic numerals. The tritium of the index and the one of the hands which is made of a slightly different mix have caught a pronounced patina especially sought after by collectors. Under the UV the luminous material has retained a green glow that quickly vanishes which is typical of the tritium material.
Case: extremely thick and as new condition of the bezel with the satin-brushed finished.
Bracelets: featured with its black rubber strap (another Patek rubber color strap can be discussed).
Papers & box: original guarantee with no name (open papers), cover box, box (another flaking one…what a shame Patek used this supplier), booklets and tag.
An exceptional original Aquanaut that should belong to any curated watch collection.