Interesting dimensions!

Jun 13, 2018,04:13 AM

I was dreaming about the aquanaut recently after meeting an eminent patek collector, and also seeing a fellow purist posting in the forums about the aquanaut. It led me to check out patek's website to ogle at this beauty. However, what hit me was not the looks, but rather, the specs. (pic and specs taken from patek website)

If you notice, the dimensions of 40mm is exactly for most wrists. But the best thing about it is the 8.1mm thickness. I've always looked to pateks as thin elegant pieces, but it never dawned upon me that the aquanaut is so thin. And to top it off, the water resistance is 120m. This is much a good couple of mm less than a sub, and also slimmer than the Panerai due with substantially more water resistance. Check out the side profile. (pic taken from patek website)

While many lament the finishing on some pateks, one thing they do not forget is the profile and the slimness. It reminds me also of the comparisons between the 5170 and the dato. The 5170 was superb in terms of the thickness (or slimness) which was a good amount slimmer than the dato. Very very amazed. Sometimes it's interesting when you view things over and over and get new revelations.

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All Pateks are slim , sleek and sexy. And the Aquanaut no exemption.

 By: geross : June 13th, 2018-04:37
My opinion. And if its got complications its still slim compared to other brands. Again my opinion. My 5167a Aquanaut. Cheers! Geross. ...  

Exactly! That's part of the beauty

 By: traineract : June 13th, 2018-04:46
And yours look fantastic. Sometimes some pieces just miss it by that little bit (a Lil too big, a Lil too thick). U got to get it just right.

Yes thats true and Patek seems to get it right.

 By: geross : June 13th, 2018-06:28
Just look at the womens Nautilus its 35+ mm and 8.64mm thickness , smaller in diameter slightly thicker than my Aquanaut. At 8.1 mm. 40 mm diameter. Cheers! Geross

Patek is also quite good at making slim automatic watches

 By: COUNT DE MONET : June 13th, 2018-04:53
The no longer available Ellipse 3738 was a mere 5.6 mm in height and could compete with AP RO. However, Patek went also the popular "big is better" route with some annual calendar watches and the 5980 in particular. But still: Patek keeps it very traditio... 

Well said, good summary...

 By: patrick_y : June 30th, 2018-11:55
Traineract: Patek Philippe made a big 5980 so it could appeal to the Panerai crowd. The 5980 movement's thickness is somewhat justified with the vertical clutch (generally this adds significant height and there are very few thinner watches with vertical c... 

Patek tend to keep their watches slim

 By: sham1 : June 13th, 2018-05:24
and are the best at making complex movements in a thin case, The new 5740G Nautilus perpetual calendar is an excellent example but my personal favourite is the 5959 below. Such a complex movement in a small (33.2mm), thin case. ...  

This is a true marvel

 By: traineract : June 15th, 2018-05:38
I would love to see it in the metal one day

You would not be disappointed, believe me

 By: sham1 : June 15th, 2018-12:29
The watch was so impressive that I even asked Patek if I could have a dummy (as I know I would never be able to own one) but they politely rejected my request.

yes trainact, this is a lovely and yet functional reference , specially for the...

 By: GLau : June 13th, 2018-06:57
weather in Singapore ! Time for you to take a plunge ?

Haha this will be a deep dive...

 By: traineract : June 15th, 2018-05:35
In Horological terms for me

You are tired of hearing this I’m sure...

 By: mdg : June 13th, 2018-16:43
...but it doesn’t take artistry to build a thick watch.