Is The Contemporary Patek Philippe Ref 5205 A Good Buy Watches?

Are you familiar with Patek Philippe’s Ref 5205? You know the one. A mirror-polished white gold case with an attractive gradient blue dial. The annual calendar is displayed through three windows. It’s a stunning watch that’s hard to miss on the wrist. In fact, this variant is one of Patek Philippe’s most modern complications. At least in my humble opinion, it is. However, the Ref 5205 is also one of those top replica watches that trades on the secondary market at near retail prices. Not that it’s a bargain at retail, mind you. It is, however, for those lucky enough to be in the market for their first complicated Patek Philippe it is a great option. If it ever gets overlooked. There are also two more traditional rose gold versions. At least for now – but more on that later. Does all this mean that Ref 5205 is a good choice? Let’s get into the details and you can decide for yourself.
Despite its modern styling, the Ref 5205 is not a new watch. In fact, Patek Philippe first introduced the model back in 2010 in two versions, both with white gold cases. The dials are two-toned, featuring a silvery gray or slate gray paired with matte black. This somehow gave them a sportier look, which was somewhat at odds with their formal copy watch style. Patek Philippe later solved this problem to some extent with the now discontinued Ref 5960.  rolex-datejust-31mm-178344-steel-white-gold-automatic-mother-pearl-diamond-dial-replica
I wouldn’t say that the Ref 5205 was a huge success for Patek Philippe. They didn’t make that many of them anyway. But it did well enough that two rose gold versions appeared in 2013. These are more classic and elegant, featuring a white opaline or lacquered black dial. They are still in collections today (but if the rumors are correct, they won’t be available anymore). And the first white gold model stopped production in 2018. In its place, the Ref 5205G has a gradient blue dial version.
You can currently buy the earlier model, the white gold Ref 5205, for about $46,000. Depending on the condition, provenance, etc. This is about $10,000 less than you would pay for the later gradient blue model. All three versions of the white gold model use the same movement. Therefore, it is mainly the desirability of the gradient blue dial that causes the premium. There is also the fact that it is relatively new.
Ref 5205 has always been aimed at a younger audience. But those early iterations didn’t quite land the way Patek Philippe wanted them to. That all changed in 2018 when a gradient blue dial version appeared. In some ways, it was the brand’s kowtowing to the trends of the day. Blue dials – especially gradient ones – were, and still are, red hot. The impact was instant. Almost overnight, the Ref 5205 became more appealing to a wider audience.

1812nycadmin / April 27, 2022 / Patek Philippe

A Beautiful Replica Patek for the Cool Kids

One of the more interesting games is: “Who is Brand X after with this watch?” In some cases, the answer is totally unclear, but in the case of the new replica Patek Philippe Aquanaut Chronograph it’s a bit of a no-brainer. This is the new king-casual Patek for a new generation since it is bright orange accents on its dial, and sold with both black and bright orange straps. With the steel Nautilus in brutally short supply these days, this new Aquanaut is expected to be the new entry point into the Patek Philippe universe. Having taken a closer look at the new fake watch, we are sure it’ll hook its fair share of new replica Patek fans. watches petek_phillipe_1068815
Transferred over from the Nautilus chronograph, the automatic flyback chronograph Caliber CH 28-520 C powers the new Aquanaut, featuring central chronograph seconds and a large 60-minute chronograph counter at 6 o’clock. Different from the current versions of the Nautilus Chronograph, the Aquanaut’s subdial does not include the 12-h totalizer within said subdial, giving the dial a slightly cleaner look. The case size is also increased on this latest Aquanaut, coming in at 42mm in diameter. This is now the biggest Aquanaut on offer from the brand, surpassing the Travel Time by a modest 1.2mm. That said, not having the pushers located on the opposite side of the crown, this difference in diameter is barely noticeable when comparing the two models.
Though it’s hard to get an exact on-wrist feel of a replica watch whose strap is sized by cutting, first impressions of the new Aquanaut Chronograph are rather solid. The color combination of orange accents against its faded black/grey dial looks fantastic in person, especially when paired with its bright orange strap. Those wanting to stay a touch more understated (without being boring) will appreciate the black strap combination just as much. I’m the first to admit that though I can appreciate the spectacular quality and execution of all things Patek, I generally find their watches a touch too conservative for me to lust after personally, however, this Aquanaut might just be the piece that draws me into the fold.

1812nycadmin / June 30, 2018 / Patek Philippe