Aquanaut | 5066A-010 | blue dial | steel
This example, the ref. 5066A blue-dial, was launched shortly after the initial references (in 1998), and produced exclusively for the Japanese market. It's believed that approximately 500 examples were made, with very few coming to market.
This rare, limited edition piece comes accompanied by its Certificate of Origin, Archive Extract, original blue box, sealed (damaged) tropical-blue strap and original double-deployant clasp (fitted to brand-new, blue Patek Philippe composite strap).
The Aquanaut re-interprets a number of signature design elements from the Nautilus - most notably, the octagonal rounded bezel. It displays a high level of finishing, with brushed surfaces on the case-front, and polished, bevelled edges. The steel, three-piece case provides water resistance up to 120m, further featuring a screw-down crown.
The blue checkerboard dial contrasts beautifully with the polished, steel bracelet, and is embossed with silver applied numerals. The luminous material is tritium, and has aged to a subtle creamy tone.
The movement inside the reference 5066A is the self-winding calibre 330 SC. It features 29 jewels, a straight-line lever escapement, shock absorber mechanism a self-compensating flat balance spring and a monometallic balance, adjusted to cold, heat, isochronism and 5 positions. Furthermore, the solid-gold rotor is finished in classic Patek Philippe style, with circular Geneva stripes.
This Patek Philippe 5066A limited edition, blue-dial Aquanaut comes fitted with the brand's steel bracelet (stamped A613AC), purchased in 2017 from Patek Philippe's Japanese store (receipt enclosed with paperwork).
Viewings can be arranged in Central London by appointment.
|Model:||Aquanaut Ref. 5066A-010|
|Movement:||mechanical, automatic-winding calibre 330 SC|
|Functions:||date, hours, minutes, centre seconds|
|Features:||display back, tritium index markers, unrestored blue dial, Arabic numerals|
|Case:||36mm stainless steel|
|Crystal:||sapphire front and display back|
|Bracelet:||Patek Philippe steel bracelet, original deployant clasp|
|Box & papers:||original box, Certificate of Origin, Archive Extract|
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