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.
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.