BY JOVAN KRSTEVSKI
Patek Philippe has done it again, dividing everyone’s opinions about the new Aquanaut 5168G. Previously this watch designed for the younger generation was released in a bold blue dial, now it comes in a “cool” Khaki Green dial.
The new Aquanaut 5168G is also the same as its predecessor from the dimensions to the embossed patterns on its dial with all the hallmark characteristics of the Aquanaut. A white gold for a manly watch sounds a bit off considering the watch’s original mucho DNA. Style wise though, this is a luxury sports watch with a less expensive price tag and it really looks stunning. Honestly, I do not even know if ordinary folks can get a hold of this one. I am still covering it though.
The 42.2 mm by 8.25 mm is not that huge for a case. Moreover, the satin finish of the case adds some cleaner look to the whole design. The matching rubber strap with a fold-over clasp in white gold looks nice too. As for the controversial color way, there is nothing wrong with Khaki Green, you would actually think it is quite close to military green. Perhaps what is evident is that the brand is taking a very light approach when it comes to the design of the watch. Their designers are more emboldened to try out new and very adventurous designs. If this trend continuos, maybe we will see an even softer version, I don’t know but I just hope, they bring back the steel versions and put back some solid manly character back to this watch.
Speaking more about the case, its replete with screw-down crown and sapphire crystals for both front and back, ensuring water resistance of 120 m.
Finally, powering this time only watch is the same in-house movement, Calibre 324 S C featuring the coveted Patek Philippe Seal. The automatic movement operates at 28,800 vph frequency on a 21k central rotor. A good 45 hours of power reserve is not bad for a 3 hand watch with a date at 3 o’clock.
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