PATEK PHILIPPE STEEL LADIES ‘NEPTUNE’ WATCH REF. 4880/1A
The Neptune family of watches was launched in 1996 as an alternative to the Nautilus which was (ironically) not very desirable by the market at the time. The innovative Neptune was meant to re-energize the Patek Philippe sports watch category and was offered alongside the newly announced Aquanaut. The bold case design with prominent crown guards gave a distinctive look that is only now getting the appreciation it deserves. The ladies’ quartz versions of the Neptune gave a canvas for Patek Philippe gem-setters to showcase their talent. The classic steel versions such as this 4880/1A were the entry level watches for the sporting lifestyle of the era. The Neptune line was discontinued at the dawn of the 21st century.