In 2018, Patek Philippe launched the very first Aquanaut chronograph for men. The first model features a steel case with a black dial mounted on a black strap in a composite material and delivered with a second composite strap in orange (5968A-001).
In May 2021, the Geneva manufacture announced the launch of the first white-gold version of the Aquanaut Chronograph, with either of two colorways for the dial and matching strap: an elegant midnight blue shading to black on the dial (5968G-001) or an audacious khaki green (5968G-010).
A key aesthetic feature is the harmonious integration of the chronograph into the Aquanaut design. The interplay of polished and satin-brushed surfaces on the case, bezel and pushers contributes to the effect. The 60-minute counter at 6 o’clock echoes the bezel’s rounded octagonal shape.
The elongated pushers are positioned at 2 and 4 o’clock, either side of the screw-down crown. The chronograph indications (sweep seconds, quarter-second scale, 60-minute counter) stand out in white on the embossed Aquanaut pattern.
Legibility is ensured by white-gold applied numerals and large white-gold baton-style hands with a luminescent coating.
This model is equipped with the caliber CH 28-520 C self-winding flyback chronograph movement uniting tradition (column-wheel control) and innovation (vertical disk clutch).
As the clutch is virtually friction-free, the center chronograph hand also functions as a permanent seconds hand. The flyback function allows the user to begin timing a new event while the chronograph is still running, with a simple pressure on the push-piece at 4 o’clock.
Its 42.2 mm diameter case is water-resistant to 120 m. The integrated strap made of an ultra-resistant composite material is fitted with a patented fold-over clasp secured by four independent catches.
Model: Aquanaut Chronograph
References 5968G-001 and 5968G-010
Caliber CH 28-520 C
Self-winding mechanical movement. Flyback chronograph with 60-minute counter and date aperture
Diameter: 30 mm (base movement 30 mm; chronograph module 30 mm)
Height: 6.63 mm (base movement 5.2 mm; chronograph module 1.43 mm)
Number of parts: 308
Number of jewels: 32
Power reserve: Min. 45 hours / max. 55 hours
Winding rotor: Central rotor in 21K gold, unidirectional winding
Frequency: 28 800 semi-oscillations per hour (4 Hz)
Balance spring: Spiromax® (in Silinvar®)
Balance spring stud: Adjustable
• Unscrewed: manual winding
• Pulled out: setting the time
• Center hours and minutes
• Center chronograph/sweep seconds hand
• Chronograph 60-minute counter at 6 o’clock
• Date at 3 o’clock
Rapid date correction at 8 o’clock
Delivered with a setting stylus in black wood and 18K white gold
Chronograph start and stop at 2 o’clock • Chronograph reset to zero and flyback function at 4 o’clock
Patek Philippe Seal
18K white gold
Sapphire-crystal case back
Water-resistant to 120 m (12 bars)
Diameter (10–4 o’clock): 42.2 mm
Width (9–3 o’clock with crown): 45 mm
Length (across lugs): 50.1 mm
Height: 11.9 mm
Width between lugs: 22 mm
Brass, with embossed sunburst decoration and PVD coating in blue shading to black (5968G-001) or embossed decoration varnished in khaki green (5968G-010)
Applied Arabic numerals in 18K white gold with a Superluminova® luminescent coating
Applied hour markers in 18K white gold with a Superluminova® luminescent coating
Baton-style hour and minute hands in 18K white gold with a Superluminova® luminescent coating
Arrow-style chronograph/sweep seconds hand with counterpoise, in white-lacquered steel
Baton-style hand in white-lacquered brass on the 60-minute chronograph counter
Composite material, ultra-resistant to water, ultraviolet radiation and wear, with raised checkerboard pattern matching that of the dial
Patented fold-over clasp in 18K white gold, secured by four independent catches