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Old 19 May 2019, 07:37 PM   #1
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Daytona or Patek 5968A Chronograph

To be fair, Iím a Daytona fanboy. I own a total of 6 different model/year Daytonaís. It is for me, THE watch. However, Iíve recently hit what I feel is a saturation point on my Rolex collection consisting of may diff years and models of a variety of Rolex models (in addition to the Daytonaís). Iím starting to look around at other non Rolex watches (with this odd feeling of it being like Ďcheatingí) and two brands that have caught my eye are (1) A. Lang and Sohne and (2) Patek Philippe. Iím curious what others may think about the Patek Philippe 5968A Aquanaut Chronograph vs the Rolex Daytona.
I would appreciate hearing all opinions, negative, positive, dismissive.... thanks.

And for this that are not familiar, here is a picture of each:




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Old 19 May 2019, 10:56 PM   #2
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Well the 5968 is a 60-minute chrono, with flyback function, and looks quite sporty. Certainly not a common model in the wild.

The Daytona, you know.

Having owned several Rolex watches, the Aqua would be your obvious option!
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Old 20 May 2019, 01:15 PM   #3
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Well the 5968 is a 60-minute chrono, with flyback function, and looks quite sporty. Certainly not a common model in the wild.

The Daytona, you know.

Having owned several Rolex watches, the Aqua would be your obvious option!


Has anyone owned an aqua? Does it make your balls tingle the same way the Daytona does? Iím asking for some insight before I start the hunt. Is the aqua a pass or a chase?


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Old 20 May 2019, 11:42 PM   #4
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I had a 5167 (not chrono) and all I can say is that, although it is less interesting or blingy than the Daytona (on my wrist and my eyes, at least), it is so beautifully made that always makes my balls tingle (!!!)

Are you thinking about maybe adding a bracelet in addition to the rubber band? The 5167 on a bracelet transforms from sporty to formal. Size-wise it wears very similar to 40mm Rolex watches. What I cannot attest to is the orange color in the 5968 chrono. Are you fixated on the chrono? If it were me, I would go with 5167 or 5164 if I had the additional funds and wanted a complication.
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Old 21 May 2019, 02:32 AM   #5
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I very much liked the 5968 when I tried it on at the Salon in Geneva last month. It is my favorite Aquanaut as I find it more interesting than the 5167 and don't like how the left-side pushers on the 5164 change the Aquanaut design and I am generally no fan of travel time watches. One more reason why I will pick up the 5968 (whenever the AD has one for me) rather than the basic 5167 is that I have got a basic Nautilus and a little Calatrava but lack a chrono.

One thing to keep in mind coming from Rolex is that the Aquanauts (just like the Nautilus) are scratch magnets. And they do not necessarily look good or better when scratched unlike, for example, some Rolex or IWC tool watches.
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Old 21 May 2019, 02:44 AM   #6
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5968A for sure. They are not on the same level.
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Old 21 May 2019, 03:13 AM   #7
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One thing to keep in mind coming from Rolex is that the Aquanauts (just like the Nautilus) are scratch magnets. And they do not necessarily look good or better when scratched unlike, for example, some Rolex or IWC tool watches.
Like APs... It comes with the territory!
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Old 21 May 2019, 04:13 AM   #8
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Old 21 May 2019, 08:09 AM   #9
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Never liked the aqua line and had many opportunities to pick one up. Well made, very light, didnít like the rubber strap or the bracelet. Definitely no ball tingling here.

Now a 5990 or 5170G, you may get instant tingly balls .


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Old 21 May 2019, 12:41 PM   #10
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Never liked the aqua line and had many opportunities to pick one up. Well made, very light, didnít like the rubber strap or the bracelet. Definitely no ball tingling here.

Now a 5990 or 5170G, you may get instant tingly balls .


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I must admit... I checked out those two models, and ball tingles indeed.
Wowza. The 5990 seems to be a bit more Ďmoderní to my eye while the 5170G appears far more Ďclassicí. In either case.... wowza indeed.
And a price tag to go with it.
My most expensive non grey market Rolex out of the box is my white gold, alligator strap sky-dweller (now discontinued); my most expensive non grey market Rolex out of the box is my smurf (white gold blue dial submariner). The smurf Iím in love with; the sky dweller was an impulse buy, Is still fully stickered and stuck in a vault for the next 10 / 20 years.
My two fav everyday watches are my smurf and white dial ceramic 2019 Daytona.

But as I originally stated when I started this thread, Iím looking to stray away from the crown in search of another make and model that holds up well on the ball tingle metric but is not so expensive that it is too expensive to enjoy (for me) to wear.
There is a delta for us all between watch and price. Iím not sure where mine is yet but 6 digits is too much for me to spend on any one singular watch. Ability to spend and desire to spend not withstanding. For a 6 digit price tag, it really better come equipped with a yummie young lady to do the tingling part while I tell the time!!


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Old 4 July 2019, 01:51 AM   #11
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As much as I love the Daytona and own two myself, I would go for the PP: date, fly back function, chrono, rubber band... a bit of change in a collection is always welcome!

With a similar budget, I would consider the A.Lange & SŲhne Lange 1 Langematik in platinum.
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