The Patek Philippe Aquanaut Chronograph Reference 5698A was debuted among an array of contemporary design features, in a battle to stand out to the masses at Baselworld.
Due to its almost holy name in the horological world, Patek Philippe never fails to stand out. However, it was the aesthetics that gained this piece so much coverage and attention.
Patek Philippe appear to have made a big leap forward in the ever-growing market for young luxury buyers. The Aquanaut Chronograph is without doubt one of the most casual watches ever offered by Patek Philippe.
The most distinctive feature of the Patek Philippe Aquanaut Chronograph Reference 5698A is surely the rubber orange strap. The steel folding buckle and orange themed dial beautifully complement it, utilizing carroty accents and second hands.
The watch is also available with a black rubber strap to suit the wearer’s preference and features a stainless-steel case on both models.
The dial comes in dark grey, which contrasts emphatically with the icy white markers featured on the watch face. The dial has an engraved pattern which emulates the style of the rubber strap, with a slightly rounded cubism style to it.
In terms of the movement, the Aquanaut features a CH 28-250 C caliber movement – the same used in the highly collectible 5980 Nautilus. It features a self-winding chronograph, with automatic winding and includes a power reserve of between 45 and 55 hours.
The Patek Philippe Aquanaut Chronograph Reference 5698A has four key features; hours, minutes, date and a 30-minute chronograph; nothing too spectacular for a watch of this caliber.
Patek chose to produce the Aquanaut with a diameter of 42.2 mm (1.66 inches), giving the watch a more subtle, elegant feel. Thus, allowing the orange strap and dial to do the talking.
Considering this is a rubber strap watch, $43,770 may seem like a hefty price tag. And although availability has not yet been specified, the simple, elegant aesthetics and color scheme of the watch dial will likely prove to be a big hit with the younger market.
This, combined with Patek’s prestigious reputation for watchmaking excellence may just make this a collectible for the future.