Patek Philippe Aquanaut Stainless Steel Black Embossed Dial First Series Ref. 5060A-001 Limited Edition
Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
Model: Aquanaut "First Series"
Reference Number: 5060A-001
Condition: Very good
Time Period: 1997
Retail / Compare-At Price: n/a collector's item
Our Best Price: $23,500
Caliber: 330 SC
Case Material: Stainless steel
Case Diameter: 35.5 mm (10 to 4 o'clock)
Thickness: 9 mm
Waterproof: 330 ft./100 m.
Water Resistance: 10 ATM
Material Bezel: Fixed stainless steel
Glass: Sapphire crystal
Dial: Black composite tropical patterned
Dial Numerals: Gold applied and luminescent super-luminova coating Arabic numeral hour indices and square hour indexes and an outer track with second/minute divisions around the outer rim
BRACELET / STRAP
Bracelet color: Black
Bracelet Material: Tropical composite ultra resistant to wear, salt water and UV radiation
Clasp: Double fold-over - butterfly
Clasp material: Stainless steel
Hours, minutes, center sweep second hand, date in an aperture at 3 o’clock, 45-hour power reserve
Rounded octagonal-shaped case designed by Gerald Genta.
Luminescent super-luminova coating baton-shaped hour/minute hand, white stick-shaped center sweep seconds hand
Solid two-body case, flat bezel, and curved lugs are polished and brushed
Stainless steel solid screw-down case back
Stainless steel protected screw-down Calatrava cross crown
The automatic calibre 330 SC movement is rhodium-plated with Côtes de Genève, circular graining, bevelled steel parts and bridges, and the stamp of the Seal of the Patek Philippe quality mark. It is constructed with a straight-line lever escapement, a shock absorber mechanism, a central unidirectional 21K gold rotor, a self-compensating free-sprung flat balance spring, a Spiromax balance spring in Silinvar and the patented Patek Gyromax balance that compensates for cold, heat, isochronism, and 5 positions.
The mechanism oscillates at 28 800 vph (4 Hz).
Case, dial, and movement are all signed.
The Aquanaut model was first introduced in 1997 inspired by the Nautilus.
This first series 5060 was produced in an early limited edition of 1000 examples. It features a solid stainless steel case back rather than the more common exhibition sapphire case back, as well as the stainless steel "butterfly" deployant buckle with Nautilus engraving on the inside instead of Aquanaut.
Incomplete (no box, with extract from the Patek Philippe archives dated 1997)