Baselworld 2018: Patek Philippe Introduces The First Aquanaut Chronograph Ref. 5968A

This year at Baselworld, Patek Philippe has announced a new entry-level sports chronograph comes in a 42.2 mm x 11.9 mm diameter, stainless steel case with a dose of orange to top it off. Priced at under US$45,000, it’s steel and equipped with the CH 28-250 C automatic movement.

Driving the hours, minutes, date, and chronograph functions (60-minutes/60-seconds) is a 4Hz automatic, caliber CH 28-250 C. The movement measures 30 mm x 6.63 mm, is finished with circular Geneve stripes and circular graining, and has 13 bridges, 32 jewels, and 305 total components, including a 21K gold unidirectional oscillating weight. Maximum power reserve is 55-hours. Water-resistance is 120 meters.

It is a flyback chronograph movement with classic column wheel and vertical disk clutch that prevents a rebound of the hand in either direction when the chronograph is started. The dial features the Aquanaut’s traditional chequerboard motif, but with a touch of orange. The case is 42.2mm in diameter, and is offered in both orange and black rubber composite straps.