This example - the ref. 5066A
with blue dial - was launched in 1998, shortly after the initial references, and produced exclusively for the Japanese market
. It is believed that approximately 500 examples were made
, with very few coming to market.
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 Arabic 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.
The watch comes with its Certificate of Origin
, which dates to April 1999 (based on the PKSS code referenced at the bottom of it) and its original leather pouch. It is also accompanied by a Patek Philippe service receipt from November 1999 and a strap sizing manual. This Patek Philippe 5066A comes fitted with the brand's steel bracelet.
Viewings can be arranged in Central London by appointment.