Watch Spotting: Premier League Champion Virgil Van Dijk Wearing A Patek Philippe Aquanaut Ref. 5168G

Watch Spotting: Premier League Champion Virgil Van Dijk Wearing A Patek Philippe Aquanaut Ref. 5168G

Today is a big day for Liverpool fans. After waiting 30 years for an elusive Premier League title, they were crowned Premier League champions after Manchester City’s defeat at Chelsea on Thursday. Thanks to a strike from Captain America, Christian Pulisic, and a penalty from Willian, Chelsea sunk title defenders Manchester City, making it mathematically impossible for anyone to catch up to Liverpool.

Star central defender Virgil van Dijk was celebrating in style last night as his team watched the match together. He is seen below wearing a Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5168G in Khaki Green. Captain Jordan Henderson was also seen wearing a tough-to-get Patek, the Aquanaut Chronograph ref. 5968A in his post-match interview with Sky Sports.

Joe Gomez (left) and Virgil van Dijk (right) of Liverpool celebrating winning the Premier League. (Liverpool FC/Getty)

In case you need a refresher, the 5168G was released at Baselworld 2019 to a ton of hype. This is the first mainline Aquanaut with a green dial, and it came on the heels of the nearly-impossible-to-find 5167A, a 40mm steel Aquanaut with matching green dial and strap. When Stephen wrote that original story, the only auction result he could find for a green 5167A was from 2015, when one sold at Sotheby’s for CHF 52,500. The 5168G is a very different watch though, despite looking similar on a computer screen. It’s significantly larger at 42.2mm across, and that case is made of solid white gold, giving it a lot more heft. This is still a sport watch, but it’s a more indulgent, precious take on that form. It had previously been available in an all-blue limited edition that was released in 2017 to celebrate the Aquanaut’s 20th birthday, but this new green variation is part of the main collection. 

It’s worth noting that the khaki green color has been something of a cult classic for Patek fans for a few years now, and this is a watch that lets collectors scratch that itch in a serious way. The khaki green straps that were originally produced for that limited series of 5167A Aquanauts have become collectible on their own, especially since Patek stopped allowing customers with black-dialed Aquanauts to purchase them some time ago. (You can see one paired with a ref. 5164A Travel Time Aquanaut in John Mayer’s second Talking Watches episode if you want to see what that looks like – spoiler alert: it looks awesome.)

Despite being part of Patek’s main collection, this watch is still nearly impossible to get (like most of PP’s sport watches), and it’s cool to see it on such a prominent wrist. Have you spotted any other cool watches during Liverpool’s celebrations or the resumption of football in Europe? If so, let us know in the comments below!

To learn more about the Aquanaut 5168G, visit Patek Philippe online.


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