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Patek Philippe

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It shouldn’t be surprising that a Patek Philippe holds the world auction record for a watch ($31.2 million for a Patek Grandmaster Chime, sold at Christie’s). Known for impeccable craftsmanship and some of the most complicated timepieces ever created, the brand is considered by many to be the height of fine watchmaking. Collectors simply love Patek Philippe watches.

The house was founded in Geneva in 1839 by Polish expats Antoni Patek and Franciszek Czapek. Czapek left the firm, and in 1845, Patek partnered with French watchmaker Jean Adrien Philippe. It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Catering to the glitterati of Europe, the pair counted among their clients Tolstoy, Pope Pius IX and Queen Victoria, as well as Countess Koscowicz of Hungary, for whom they created the first Swiss-made wristwatch in 1868. They also had their eye on the American market and in 1851 entered an arrangement with Tiffany & Co. still in effect today.

During the Great Depression, brothers Jean and Charles Stern, who had previously supplied Patek Philippe with watch dials, bought the company, and it continues to be run by the Stern family today.

Under the Sterns, the house has developed some of its most famous models, including the Calatrava, an elegantly minimal dress watch introduced in 1932 and named for the Calatrava Cross (the company’s logo since 1887), and the Nautilus, the brand’s first sports watch, conceived by legendary designer Gérald Genta in 1976.

Despite the house’s longevity, it’s rumored that it has manufactured fewer than a million Patek watches, making each one all the more coveted. (The brand's pieces are understandably attractive to counterfeiters — make sure you know how to spot a fake Patek Philippe watch.)

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Patek Philippe Rare Retro Tank Cuff Bracelet Watch, 1942
By Patek Philippe
Located in London, GB
A stylish Retro gold Tank bracelet by Patek Philippe 1942, the wide bracelet of open design formed of seven ribbed baton links, the central one larger than the others and concealing ...
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1940s Retro Vintage Patek Philippe

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18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Patek Philippe Nautilus 7011/1G-010
By Patek Philippe
Located in London, GB
A white gold 32mm Nautilus by Patek Philippe. Featuring a smoke grey dial with the date displayed at 3 o'clock. The bracelet comes with a concealed double deployant clasp, both in wh...
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21st Century and Contemporary Patek Philippe

Materials

18k Gold, White Gold

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Patek Philippe Calatrava 0 5153G-012 Men White Gold London 2015 Limited Edition
By Patek Philippe
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: COM002860 Manufacturer: Patek Philippe Model: Calatrava Model Variant: 0 Model Number: 5153G-012 Age: 42287 Gender: Men Complete With: Patek Philippe Box, Sales Lit...
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2010s Patek Philippe

Materials

18k Gold, White Gold

Patek Philippe 3862 Automatic Mens 18K Yellow Gold Watch Leather Band
By Patek Philippe
Located in Miami, FL
Patek Philippe 3862 Automatic Mens 18K Yellow Gold Watch Leather Band 32mm
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1980s Contemporary Vintage Patek Philippe

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Yellow Gold

Patek Philippe Nautilus Mid-Size Yellow Gold 3900/001 Watch
By Patek Philippe
Located in London, GB
A unisex mid-size 33mm Nautilus in yellow gold by Patek Philippe. Featuring a champagne dial with the date at 3 o'clock. The bracelet comes with a white gold concealed deployant clas...
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20th Century Patek Philippe

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse Vintage Lady's Diamond Bracelet Watch, Ref. 4178
By Patek Philippe
Located in Lucerne, CH
This beautiful and extremely comfortable lady's diamond bracelet watch by Patek Philippe goes well with every outfit. The oval dial is surrounded by 40 brilliant-cut diamonds of G/H ...
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1970s Retro Vintage Patek Philippe

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Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold, White Gold

1960s Patek Philippe Platinum Floating Diamond Bar Motif Bracelet Watch
By Patek Philippe
Located in New york, NY
An Iconic & Limited Production for only 5 years: 1960s Patek Philippe Platinum "Floating Diamond Bar" Motif Set Bracelet watch Basic Dimensions & Specifications ⁃ 15.5mm Case Di...
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1960s Vintage Patek Philippe

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Diamond, Platinum

Patek Philippe 2279J Ladies Vintage Rectangular Watch Circa 1954
By Patek Philippe
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Introduction: Patek Philippe Vintage Ladies Rectangular wristwatch with very unusual Conical shape pyramid lugs. The watch was made in 1954 and measures 28 x 15mm. The watch is f...
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1950s Retro Vintage Patek Philippe

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

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Questions About Patek Philippe
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Some of the less expensive Patek Philippe watches are priced between $19,000 and $30,000 USD. Within this price range, buyers can choose from Calatrava, Nautilus and Aquanaut. There are plenty of Patek Philippe watches to choose from on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Patek Philippe watches are commonly seen as the best brand for Swiss watches, particularly because of their quality, level of expertise, and value. In the manufacturing process there are often 60 steps needed even for subtle aspects which also adds to the cost.