Patek Philippe Aquanaut Chronograph 5968A Hands-On

Patek Philippe Aquanaut Chronograph 5968A Hands-On

At Baselworld 2018 Patek Philippe delivered the principal chronograph Aquanaut, a fitting complication for the sportiest line from Patek. It was presented 21 years prior in 1997 as a section to the brand more affordable than the Nautilus and less stodgy than the less complex Calatrava models. This new Patek Philippe Aquanaut Chronograph Ref. 5968A is an extremely cool looking watch, hitting home with a more youthful segment keen on contemporary contacts like a 42.2mm wide case and bits of shading, as there are orange accents (a shading I have an individual affection for) just as the alternative for a full orange-hued elastic lash notwithstanding the current dark elastic tie. What it’s not is modest, however at 38,600 CHF we are discussing 3,000 CHF more than the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 41mm watch.

All pictures by Ariel Adams

So far, the Aquanaut has been accessible in the exemplary 40mm three hand in addition to date model, the movement time model, and the extremely cool white gold 42mm delivered for the model’s twentieth commemoration a year ago in 2017. The chronograph is a characteristic following stage, and there are many individuals out there who need the brand picture of a Patek yet in a piece with a contemporary size and energetic plan to feel normal on the wrist. This is certainly that part, in my opinion.


The 42.2mm wide and 11.9mm thick case shields from being the regular chronograph since the flyback chronograph CH 28-520 C type development permits the chronograph hand to work as the seconds hand also, with Patek crediting the contact free grip for this. As a flyback chronograph without any seconds sub-dial, you see the hour long chronograph counter which is tastefully like the case state of the watch at 6 o’clock. Once more, the orange chronograph hand, hour long sub-dial hand, and sub-dial minute markers add barely enough tone to the watch. What bothers me continually is the way that the date window can’t coordinate the dial tone. It’s a disgrace, and one that conveys across a few Patek models including the Nautilus.

The CH 28-520 C type is made of 308 sections, works at 28,800vph, and has a force save that ranges between at least 45 hours as long as 55 hours relying upon use. Turning the watch around uncovers the display caseback, flaunting the development with a 21k gold focal rotor. On the correct side of the case are two pushers and the crown, with the 2 o’clock pusher for beginning/halting the chronograph where the 4 o’clock pusher is utilized for the chronograph reset and flyback functions.

Of course it wouldn’t actually be an Aquanaut without the composite elastic tie, and the chronograph comes with both the dark and the orange ties. While the dark one looks extraordinary, I would likely go hard and fast and wear the orange one until I begin to get exhausted of it. It’s likewise significant that Patek has refreshed the tie and it presently includes four gets to improve the catch. Obviously, the watch isn’t only lively by configuration, it’s additionally got a water opposition rating of 120m, so feel free to destroy it on end of the week trips.


While I appreciate the Aquanaut Travel Time for what it is and the way that it is for sure a helpful piece for incessant explorers, it’s a complication that I could never use however much I’d prefer to and sincerely I don’t think that its very alluring. For everything except a chosen handful (even in the wake of restricting the pool of individuals who can manage the cost of these watches) it’s difficult to make the Travel Time a regular watch while simultaneously the three-hander does not have a specific edge or disposition, so Patek is perfect with this (generally) more mass allure watch.

Whether or not the execution of this watch was effective (and it totally is), there is a worldwide and affluent class of youthful watch lovers who will need this watch regardless. That being said, I would totally put this close to the first spot on my list of ultra-extravagance sports watches. That effectively conspicuous “globe checkerboard design” dial has never looked or worn better as I would like to think. Thinking of it as’ a Patek, under 1% of the populace can likely sensibly bear the cost of one and at 38,600 CHF it’s one of my number one bits of 2018.  patek.com