With just a bit over twenty years value of historical past, the Patek Philippe Aquanaut has lastly come into its personal and is now not simply thought to be the extra reasonably priced various to the Nautilus. That is thanks in no small half to Patek Philippe’s current Aquanaut releases, beginning with the blue Aquanaut 5168G in 2017 adopted by this yr’s inexperienced Aquanaut 5168G. Let’s have a better have a look at this pair of white gold “Jumbo” Aquanaut fashions facet by facet.
2017 Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5168G-001 20th Anniversary
To mark the 20th anniversary of the Aquanaut in 2017, Patek Philippe unveiled the ref. 5168G. Not solely was this the primary white gold Aquanaut within the model’s catalog (together with limited-edition white gold 5650G launched the identical yr) however its case measurement additionally expanded to 42.2 mm. For these of you who could not keep in mind, the Aquanaut has seen a number of progress spurts over its lifetime. When the Aquanaut first made its debut in 1997, it got here with a 35.6 mm case, which was later joined by a bigger 38.eight mm version. Then on the Aquanaut’s 10th anniversary, the 40.eight mm version made its entrance, carrying the 5167 reference numbers.
And now, we have now the bigger 42.2 mm (however nonetheless slim at eight.25 mm thick) Ref. 5168 possibility, solely obtainable in white gold. The Aquanaut 5168G 20th Anniversary mannequin is available in a recent blue colorway from its blue-to-black gradient dial to its blue “tropic” strap, each full with the checkerboard sample attribute of this Patek sports activities watch assortment. Much like previous editions, the Aquanaut 5168G remains to be water-resistant to 120 meters, options lumed Arabic numerals and a date window, and homes the automated Caliber 324, which could be seen by way of the sapphire exhibition caseback.
2019 Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5168G-010 “Khaki”
Simply this yr, one other Aquanaut 5168G joined the gathering with the identical 42.2 mm white gold case however in a special palette. This time, Patek Philippe chosen a shade the corporate is asking “khaki inexperienced” for the dial and strap however olive inexperienced might be a extra practical shade description. This isn’t the primary time inexperienced has been used within the Aquanaut assortment. Along with the inexperienced girls’ quartz-powered Aquanaut Luce ref. 5067A-013 launched in 2014, there was additionally the little identified (and ultra-rare) males’s metal and inexperienced Aquanaut ref. 5167A-010, circa 2011.
Aside from the colour, the specs of the khaki Aquanaut 5168G-010 are equivalent to the blue Aquanaut 5168G-001. Curiously, there’s a slight worth distinction between the pair, with the inexperienced Aquanaut retailing for $39,690 and the blue one priced at $38,560—regardless of the latter being the anniversary mannequin.
So in the event you want punchier pigments in your Aquanaut, you’ll must go for the larger white gold variations since Patek nonetheless solely makes the 5167 watches in both metal and black or rose gold and brown mixtures.