In recent days, the focus of people talking about Patek Philippe has focused on Nautilus. For example, how much Nautilus has risen; various Nautilus recovered at high prices; buying Nautilus and so on. But just when everyone cares about Nautilus, a new Patek Philippe market is ‘ready to take off’. This watch is this year’s Patek Philippe new chronograph grenade (chronograph Aquanaut) 5968A.
Patek Philippe 5968 with orange tape.
A few days ago, I chatted with a familiar god, and speaking of 5968, I learned that the market for 5968 has soared outside the mainland. Patek Philippe 5968 is a new version of PP this year. If it were not for this chat, I would have almost forgotten this watch. On the one hand, the reason is that the topic of Patek Philippe in China is all around Nautilus. On the other hand, the new 5968 didn’t appear much in the mainland’s primary and secondary markets, and it didn’t attract attention. However, the current situation is that the current actual price of 5968 with a public price of 320,000 (the public price of 320,400) has reached more than 450,000.
Patek Philippe 5968 with black tape.
Grenade has always been more low-key than Nautilus.
Compared to the well-known and hot Nautilus, Patek Philippe Aquanaut, also known as a grenade, has always been relatively low-key. Patek Philippe Aquanaut (commonly known as grenade) is a watch series launched by Patek Philippe in 1997. The grenade is also a Patek Philippe sports watch. Many people regard the grenade as the ‘evolutionary model’ of the nautilus. The biggest difference between the grenade and the nautilus is that the grenade lacks the two ‘ears’ of the nautilus. With the shape of the dial and the lines on the dial, it is very similar to a grenade, so it has this common name. The grenade is designed to be more sporty than the nautilus, with tape or steel chain. The junior version also uses the 324 movement and the nautilus. Patek Philippe Nautilus also considered and retained some formal styles while exercising. The Patek Philippe Grenade is almost completely sporty.
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711 (top) and Grenade 5167 (bottom).
The low-key of the grenade is mainly reflected in the same as the Patek Philippe’s steel case sports watch (also available in a gold case), because the Patek Philippe Nautilus is very well known, the grenade is not as hot as the Nautilus. The Patek Philippe steel shell sports watch has always been hot fried Nautilus, and the price of the Patek Philippe Grenade is relatively low. For example, the steel shell three-pin grenade of tape with a price of 5167 is 130,000 (the price of the tape version is 138700, and the steel chain is 160200). The actual price of the tape version is 150,000, which is ‘modest’ than the nautilus and the second-hand price is more it is good. So some people who want to buy PP sports watches, but do not deliberately pursue Nautilus, go to buy a grenade.
Patek Philippe 5968
What kind of watch is the grenade 5968 taking off?
The Patek Philippe Grenade has fewer branches. Before that, there were only three major needles (such as 5167, 5168) and two places (such as 5164). This year, the new 5968 is the first time model of the grenade.
Patek Philippe 5968
The biggest feature of the 5968 is its high color value, which is particularly fashionable. The 5968 uses a colored dial surface and colored tape. The chronograph seconds hand, scale in the center of the dial and the 30-minute chronograph dial and chronograph hands at 6 o’clock are orange. The tape is also orange. Yellow (both black and orange). The orange color scheme is particularly striking. Before playing color labels, color discs, and ribbons, the Royal Oak Offshore, Hublot Fusion, Hublot Big Bang and other luxury sports watches that closely followed the fashion trend were generally used. Patek Philippe is relatively conservative, this time ‘breakthrough’ on the 5968. If you compare the Nautilus 5980, which is also a chronograph with a similar disk layout, to the grenade 5968, you will find that the new grenade 5968 is particularly stylish and young.
Patek Philippe Nautilus timing 5980 (top) and Patek Philippe grenade timing 5968 (bottom).
Both Nautilus 5980 and Grenade 5968 use Patek Philippe CH28 chronograph movement (automatic winding, column wheel, vertical clutch, flyback function), so the watch dial layout is similar, but there is a detail to pay attention to, 6 points of Nautilus 5980 The position counter has a 60-minute counter and a 12-hour counter. The two counters are set together (the 60-minute counter is on the outer ring and the 12-hour counter is on the inner ring). The 6-point counter of the grenade 5968 is only 60 minutes. There is no 12-hour counter, which is different from the Nautilus 5980.
The CH28 self-winding chronograph movement used by Patek Philippe 5968 and 5968.
The new Patek Philippe 5968 is a steel watch with a size larger than the previous steel case three-pin grenade 5167. The steel case three-pin 5167 is 40 mm in size, 5968 is 42.2 mm in size and 11.9 mm thick (in the automatic chronograph) It’s relatively thin). The new 5968’s dial continues to maintain the checkered pattern of the grenade, with a calendar at 3 o’clock. As a sports watch, the grenade 5968 maintains a water resistance of 120 meters.
Patek Philippe 5968
After the launch of 5968, I also read some foreign comments on this watch. Everyone thinks that 5968 is a very fashionable and young Patek Philippe. Great for young people, but destined to be owned by very few people. First of all, the public price of 320,000 is very high. The current situation is (outside of the mainland). Even if you have the opportunity to buy 5968, you must distribute it and buy another PP. So the actual price is more than 400,000. This is also the reason why the actual price of 5968 on the secondary market must reach more than 450,000.
Patek Philippe grenade timing 5968 (top) and conventional three-pin grenade 5167 (bottom).
Therefore, I have also seen people suggesting that grenade will become the next nautilus? Personally, I don’t think so. From the positioning and fair value of Patek Philippe, the nautilus is higher and the grenade is lower. There is always a nautilus on a grenade. Like a Rolex DJ, there is always a DD in front. DJ popular models, explosive models, there are some times when the price is high, but not higher than DD. In addition, the nautilus was born in 1976 and the grenade was born in 1997, which is many years behind. Nautilus has antique watches, while grenades do not. The antique nautilus and the selling of nautilus have the function of pulling each other’s quotations, which is not found in grenades. This time the new grenade 5968 soared all the way, but the conventional grenade 5167 and so on will continue to be ‘moderate’ (compared to the nautilus), so 5968 cannot be bought, the conventional grenade 5167 can still be considered.