Patek Philippe continues to surprise us in this 2018 edition of Baselworld. After a rather sudden perpetual calendar on the Nautilus, the brand now has a chronograph version of the Aquanaut — a first since the coming of the model in 1997. And there is more as the Aquanaut Chronograph 5968A comes with bold touches of color on the dial and the strap. Like or not, however, Patek is moving ahead.

The Aquanaut has been the very first Patek to be purpose-built for a busy life, for sports and for aquatic functions. It’s not that the Nautilus was considered a dress watch, but it was a mixture between sophistication and sports. It was the initial Patek to feature a rubber band — in 1997, that has been pretty rare. For the first time in its history, this modern icon receives a chronograph, alongside the two other existing versions — the time-and-date along with the travel time versions.

For the event, the brand goes slightly wild with all the Patek Philippe patek philippe aquanaut 5968a-001 replica watches Aquanaut Chronograph 5968A spruced up with a vibrant dial and smart straps. However, for the remainder, the integration of the chronograph has been performed in a subtle manner, without altering the overall type of the Aquanaut.

The principal evolution comes in the dial — but again, no play and a clever integration of the chronograph function. Employing Patek’s in-house Calibre CH 28-520, the Aquanaut Chronograph simply features one sub-dial for your own 60-minute countertops. No running seconds, no 12-hour sub-dial. It’s a deliberate choice that some won’t enjoy, but the dial remains clean.

The same comments can be created to the strap. The Patek Philippe aquanaut travel time 5968a replica watch Aquanaut Chronograph 5968A is delivered using two composite rubber straps: a traditional black one and a much more unexpected — and in the end quite attractive — orange one. You said unexpected? Yes, really. The strap also features Patek’s most up-to-date foldover clasp. Two years in the making, the clasp is equipped with four grabs for additional safety.

Within the case of this Aquanaut Chronograph is a famous movement, the integrated, in-house calibre CH 28-520, with a column-wheel and vertical clutch. This movement can also be a flyback chronograph and features all of the classical Patek’s delicacies, like the Spiromax and Gyromax technologies, in addition to the Patek Philippe┬ánautilus 5968a fake watch Seal.