Exclusive Timepieces 7 December 2019 | Monaco LOT 184
Patek Philippe Exceptional and Fine Aquanaut Travel Time Automatic Wristwatch in Pink Gold, Reference 5164R, With Sweep Center Seconds, Date, Day & Night Indicator With Original Certificate and Box
Estimate € 55,000 – 110,000
Model: Aquanaut Travel Time
Material: Pink Gold
Reference N°: 5164 R-001
Case N°: 6342965
Caliber: 324 SC
Movement type: Automatic
Movement N°: 7254632
Bracelet: Leather Strap
Dimensions: 40.8 mm
Signed: Dial, case and movement
Accessories: certificate of origin
Today the market for modern watches is in turmoil more than ever: the request for sports models is increasing and Patek Philippe’s high demand fails to be met. The Nautilus remain at the top of the most popular models, but its “cousin”, the Aquanaut, is now climbing the list of the most coveted watches. This model saw the light in 1997 as a less expensive and more casual alternative to the Nautilus. It embodies the characteristics of the true sport watch with its three bodies case and the unmistakable octagonal bezel inherited by the original design of the legendary Gerald Genta. Among the various version created of the Aquanaut one of the most sophisticated is for sure the Travel Time reference 5164R, lunched in 2011, such as the lot offered here. This is the first model with complication and features a caliber 324 S C FUS with a fourth “skeleton” hour hand that always shows “home” time while the main hour hand adjusts in 1-hour increments to show “local” time. This is done using buttons on the left hand side of the case. Two little windows in the dial serve as day or night indicators for both home and local time. This reference is also equipped with date shown thanks to subdial at 6 o’clock. The lot offered in the auction is the most precious version in pink gold with brown guilloché dial with bricks design which recalls the rubber strap.
Directly consigned by the first and original owner, the watch is offered with its pochette and Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin confirming the calibre, movement, reference, case material and the sale in 2019.