The Aquanaut was released in 1997, as the first Patek Philippe to be fitted with a “Tropical” strap, made of a composite material ultra-resistant to wear, salt water and UV radiation. With its iconic checkerboard dial matching the texture on the rubber strap, it created a young and modern sensation in the field of luxury sports watches.
Initially limited to just 1,000 pieces (as the ref. 5060A and 5060J), the model was introduced shortly after the brand’s first highly-successful sports watch, the Nautilus, celebrated its 20th anniversary. The Aquanaut re-interpreted a number of signature design elements from the Nautilus - most notably, the octagonal rounded bezel.