The first work of Patek Philippe’s Aquanaut series was launched at the Basel exhibition in 1997. It is the 20th anniversary in 2017, so the brand launched the Aquanaut Ref. 5168G watch to celebrate the series’ 20th birthday. Watches are affectionately called ‘grenades’ by watch fans because of their appearance characteristics. However, this piece of work with many innovations can be more than just ‘special’. From the case to the movement, the power gathered from the outside to the inside is sufficient. Make it stand out from many stainless steel timepieces. (Watch model: 5168G-001)
20th Anniversary of Patek Philippe Aquanaut Collection
42mm diameter 18K white gold case
Like other watches in the Aquanaut series, Ref. 5168G still retains the characteristics of a rounded octagonal bezel, as well as flat parts decorated with vertical satin and chamfered polished case sides. Compared to the previous steel case, the 5167 with a 40 mm diameter, the case of 5168G is made of 18K white gold with a diameter of 42mm, which is the largest watch model of its current series. This is to make the original 1976 Nautilus the same diameter. pay tribute.
Dark blue dial with checkerboard pattern
Also new is the color of the dial and strap-dark blue tone. The color of the dial also shows a light-dark gradient effect from the inside to the outside, just like the sun pattern effect on the surface of the Aquanaut 5164 TravelTime rose gold watch. The checkerboard embossed pattern on the surface creates the best background for the three-dimensional Arabic numerals in platinum.
Hour markers and hands with luminous coating
The hour markers and hands are coated with a Superluminova luminous coating, which makes it easy to read the time even in the dark. Another feature is that the five-minute three-dimensional scale in 18K white gold, which also has a luminous coating, is hand-embedded.
Slim second hand
The hour and minute hands are pencil-shaped, easy to read, and the slender white lacquered bronze seconds hand also has an end balance.
Case back movement display
The watch uses a Cal.324SC self-winding movement with a thickness of only 3.3mm. Even with the seal and gasket, it is still slim, keeping the overall thickness of this watch at only 8.25mm. With a 21K gold central rotor, this movement can take energy from every minute movement of the wrist and store it as movement power, ensuring that the accuracy of the error is maintained within -3 to +2 seconds per day to comply with the Patek Philippe imprint Standard. Through the transparent sapphire crystal back cover, you can see the Geneva stripe decoration and gold-plated carving on the bridge, and there are tapered holes and chamfered screw holes to join gems and screws. The center of the automatic plate is decorated with scales along the ball bearing position, while the automatic tourbillon is engraved with Patek Philippe’s iconic pattern: Calatrava Doji.
Rubber strap and platinum buckle
The same Calatrava cross engraved pattern also appears on the 18K white gold folding buckle and strap lining, and the dark blue composite strap with the classic embossed pattern of the Aquanaut series echoes the dial pattern. Not only is this strap comfortable to wear, but it is also highly resistant to tearing and abrasion, and it is resistant to seawater and UV rays.
Watch overall display
Summary: Various characteristics make this 5168G ‘grenade’ look full of personality, full of masculinity 120 meters waterproof watch shows the best posture, it can be called an ideal watch. If it is an innovative breakthrough based on retaining classic elements, then Patek Philippe’s challenge is undoubtedly successful. (Photo / text watch home Sun Fangfang)