While BaselWorld 2012 saw the introduction of the beautiful Nautilus with a white dial, perhaps the most interesting sport watch from Replica Patek Philippe in the past two years isn't a Nautilus at all. You see, the Aquanaut has always been the other sports watch from Patek - considered by some "Nautilus light." So it was with great pleasure that in 2011 we saw the launch of arguably the coolest Patek Philippe Aquanaut to date, the Aquanaut Travel Time 5164A.
The very first time, the Patek Philippe Aquanaut Travel Time Replica Watches were built with a complication! And a high quality one! The 5164A is really a casual sport watch having a second-timezone function proven using a 4th hands and 2 apertures around the dial that indicate regardless if you are reading through local or home time. The GMT hands is independetly adjustable through the pushers around the left hands-side from the situation, making setting as simple as any travel time watch available on the market.
At 6 o'clock is really a traditional Replica Patek Philippe date indication register tied to your house time. The situation dimension is 40.8mm, but because of towards the situation shape, it wears a bit more compact (that is a positive thing). The 1:1 Swiss movement within the new 5164A may be the quality 324 S C F US, that is built atop the quality 324 S C, that might be not just in the Patek Philippe Aquanaut Replica model, but the 5711 Nautilus - which obviously prompts us to question "why don't you put this new travel-time quality within the Nautilus?" That's another question for an additional day, which movement is completed as superbly understandably any Patek Swiss movement to become - which would be to say, it's absolutely gorgeous.
Quality 324 S C FUS has 294 parts, 29 jewels, along with a energy reserve of 45 hrs. It's interesting to notice this is same energy reserve as based in the non travel-time movement (324 S C) Body would expect the 4th hands and residentialOrnearby apertures to consider a minimum of some energy. But, they are automatic watches intended to be worn every single day, so a energy reserve is not an enormous deal in either case.
The dial on the Patek Philippe Aquanaut is black embossed with gold applied numerals and luminescent hour markers, that could look very cool as this watch ages. You will notice the date register at 6 o'clock has subtle globe theme - which is neither here nor there. The bezel has your standard Aquanaut brushed finish, which is truly lovely against this black / grey dial.
The strap on the Aquanaut is composite rubber that Patek calls "Tropical." I'm not sure if that is an allusion to the "Tropic" straps found on many 1960s dive watches, or if there is any technical similiarties here. Either way, the strap does its job and looks the part. On the underside, you will find an Aquanaut double deployant clasp.
The case is water resistant to 120 meters with a screw-down crown and relatively thin. In fact, this watch is incredibly comfortable on the wrist with its modest (wonderfully so) size, atypical case shape, and rubber strap.
The Replica Patek Philippe Aquanaut Travel Time Reference 5164A is definitely an incredibly well-made and helpful watch. It's casual and comfy, and incredibly subtle. Actually, many people might have no clue precisely how impressive this watch is as simple as searching in internet marketing - that is a positive thing. It's, quite honestly, the very first Aquanaut model that actually will get me going. Would this movement be cooler inside a Nautilus? Most likely. But, additionally, it provided a substantial bump in interest towards the typically less costly Aquanaut line, and it is pretty awesome this watch is on the rubber strap.
And about the price. The 5164A has a retail price of $36,400. Is that a lot of money to most of us? Sure, it is, but as Theirry Stern told me when I interviewed him last year, a Patek isn't for everyone, and it's important that it remains the end-game for collectors. Sure, it may take you longer to own a Replica Patek Philippe than most other watch, but when you finally get there, it will feel that much better.
But, this Patek Philippe Aquanaut should be considered compared to it competition. At $36,400, this dual-time from Patek is really a full $14,700 more costly compared to Royal Oak Dual-Tme from Audemars Piguet (MSRP $21,700) . But, it should be stated this particular AP utilizes a Jaeger-LeCoultre base movement with module, not AP's excellent in-house 3120 quality, nor the historic 2120 movement, as the Patek is dependant on their very own in-house movement. When the AP took it's origin from either the 3120 or even the 2120, the cost difference may be less.
Compared to other sport models from Replica Patek Philippe , the 5164 is $9700 more expensive than the Nautilus 5711 (time + date - MSRP $26,700), and $400 more than the Nautilus 5712 (power reserve and moonphase - MSRP $36,000). But, this new Aquanaut is $11,200 less expensive than the Nautilus 5726 (annual calendar - MSRP $47,600) and $14,600 less than the Nautilus 5980 (chronograph - MSRP $51,000).
The funny factor is, anybody seriously thinking about this watch can skip right over that last paragraph, because Replica Patek Philippe s aren't about cost. If a person wants this watch, they need this watch, and they'll purchase it, and like it. I ought to also state that everybody I understand that is the owner of an Patek Philippe Aquanaut (from the non-travel time variety) absolutely loves them, and also the 5164A is definitely the brand new sport watch from Patek to possess.