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Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5167/1A-001

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Initially released in 1997, the Aquanaut is arguably a reinterpretation of Patek Philippe's vastly successful Nautilus, but for a younger audience. Instead of the subtle horizontal pattern on the Nautilus, the Aquanaut introduced a striking "grenade pattern" dial. The stainless steel integrated b... More

Initially released in 1997, the Aquanaut is arguably a reinterpretation of Patek Philippe's vastly successful Nautilus, but for a younger audience. Instead of the subtle horizontal pattern on the Nautilus, the Aquanaut introduced a striking "grenade pattern" dial. The stainless steel integrated bracelet was also replaced by a similarly patterned rubber strap.

The ref. 5167 is larger than the original, sitting at 40mm in case diameter. Even though it feels substantially different and more contemporary due to its size, the design is mostly unchanged except for the addition of the open caseback, which lets the wearer admire the beautiful movement on the rear.

PATEK PHILIPPE

To many, Patek Philippe is the epitome of the high-end watchmaker. Throughout its nearly two centuries' of existence, it has weathered everything from the World Wars to the Quartz Crisis of the 1980s. Even today, it's widely acknowledged to be amongst the most successful and prestigious watchmakers, with its creations gracing wrists of everyone from bankers and politicians to rappers and actors.

Patek Philippe began its life as Patek, Czapek & Cie. in 1839 and made its name by making some of the most accurate watch movements. By the turn of the century, Patek was venturing into the realm of high complications, including split-seconds chronographs, perpetual calendars, and minute repeaters. The latter made it into wristwatch-form in 1924 as a piece unique for Ralph Teetor, the inventor of the cruise control function.

In 1932, the company ownership changed hands to the Stern family, who still run Patek Philippe. In that same year, the Calatrava wristwatch was introduced. By the 1970s, seeing the damage which the Quartz Crisis had done to the industry, Patek Philippe decided to introduce a bold new steel watch. Thus, the Nautilus was born.

Since then, the company has gone from strength to strength, solidifying its reputation as one of the finest Swiss watchmakers. From the highly-desirable stainless steel sports watches, to the famed high complications, down to the "humble" Calatrava, Patek Philippe proves that it can do it all.

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Initially released in 1997, the Aquanaut is arguably a reinterpretation of Patek Philippe's vastly successful Nautilus, but for a younger audience. Instead of the subtle horizontal pattern on the Nautilus, the Aquanaut introduced a striking "grenade pattern" dial. The stainless steel integrated bracelet was also replaced by a similarly patterned rubber strap.

The ref. 5167 is larger than the original, sitting at 40mm in case diameter. Even though it feels substantially different and more contemporary due to its size, the design is mostly unchanged except for the addition of the open caseback, which lets the wearer admire the beautiful movement on the rear.

PATEK PHILIPPE

To many, Patek Philippe is the epitome of the high-end watchmaker. Throughout its nearly two centuries' of existence, it has weathered everything from the World Wars to the Quartz Crisis of the 1980s. Even today, it's widely acknowledged to be amongst the most successful and prestigious watchmakers, with its creations gracing wrists of everyone from bankers and politicians to rappers and actors.

Patek Philippe began its life as Patek, Czapek & Cie. in 1839 and made its name by making some of the most accurate watch movements. By the turn of the century, Patek was venturing into the realm of high complications, including split-seconds chronographs, perpetual calendars, and minute repeaters. The latter made it into wristwatch-form in 1924 as a piece unique for Ralph Teetor, the inventor of the cruise control function.

In 1932, the company ownership changed hands to the Stern family, who still run Patek Philippe. In that same year, the Calatrava wristwatch was introduced. By the 1970s, seeing the damage which the Quartz Crisis had done to the industry, Patek Philippe decided to introduce a bold new steel watch. Thus, the Nautilus was born.

Since then, the company has gone from strength to strength, solidifying its reputation as one of the finest Swiss watchmakers. From the highly-desirable stainless steel sports watches, to the famed high complications, down to the "humble" Calatrava, Patek Philippe proves that it can do it all.

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