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Bigger is Better: The Patek Philippe Jumbo Aquanaut Ref. 5168G

by Wrist Aficionado on

Patek Philippe crafts some of the world's remarkable timepieces that are  consistently in high-demand. Inspired by the popular model, the Nautilus, in 1997 the brand released the Aquanaut, which is more modern with softer details. The following year birthed the Jumbo Aquanaut, that truly put this style on the map. 

 

 

Compared to "BIG" watches from other brands, the Reference 5168G does not equate in size, but it is in fact much bigger than a typical Patek Philippe wristwatch. The 18k white gold case measures 42.2mm x 8.25mm, which is a notable step up for the brand, satin-finished bezel and polished crown guards. The reason behind the larger aesthetic was too appeal to a younger audience with a modern taste. Its size allows for it to be a true eye-catcher, yet still subtle and comfortable on the wrist. The stunning dial is designed with a blue embossed pattern fading from black to dark blue, luminous Arabic numerals--which helps with low light conditions--and date display at 3 o'clock. It comes on a blue embossed "Tropical" strap with the Aquanaut fold-over clasp. 

 

 

Behind the watch, a sapphire caseback offers a pleasant view of the self-winding caliber 324 S C movement. It features some of the best developments from the brand, such as sweep seconds, comprised of 213 parts, contains 28 watch jewels and uses a trademarked Spiromax balance spring and Gyromax balance. The caliber has an oscillation rate of 4Hz or 28,800 vibrations per hour with a power reserve of up to 45 hours and water resistance of 120m. This slightly larger model is the perfect timepiece to add to any watch enthusiast's collection. 

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