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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- 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022The best Patek Philippe watch is ultimately a matter of opinion. Since its founding in 1839, demand has soared for the wide range of sophisticated timepieces that the legendary watchmaker has brought into the world. Whether you gravitate toward the Calatrava, the Nautilus or another model, Patek Philippe has crafted many different watches that offer various levels of complexity and design. Shop a large collection of vintage and contemporary Patek Philippe watches to suit any taste on 1stDibs.
- 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021Some 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 ExpertMarch 22, 2022Which Patek Philippe Nautilus watch you choose is largely a personal preference. Material options include rose gold, stainless steel and white gold, and the brand offers the watch with embossed genuine leather bands and metal bracelets. You'll find a range of Patek Philippe Nautilus watches on 1stDibs.
- 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022A Patek Philippe watch can last anywhere from four to eight years, depending on the complexity of the movement of the watch. But as long as the watch is serviced and properly cared for, any luxury watch will last a lifetime. On 1stDibs, find vintage and modern Patek Philippe pieces.
- 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022To see if your Patek Philippe watch is authentic, check the lugs near the 6 o’clock mark, and if you don’t see a small diamond between them, it’s probably a fake. The crown of the watch should be perfectly etched, and the screws should not appear blue at all. A real Philippe watch will have a certificate of authenticity. Find a collection of expertly vetted Patek Philippe pieces from some of the world’s top reputable boutiques on 1stDibs.
- 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022All Patek Philippe watches have serial numbers engraved on the case’s back. Luxury watches will always have a serial number to help with authentication, and Patek Philippe is no exception. Consult the brand’s website for more information on finding the date of manufacture on your watch. On 1stDibs, find a collection of vintage and contemporary Patek Philippe watches from some of the world’s top sellers.
- 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022The proper way to adjust a Patek Philippe moon phase watch depends on the model. Each watch with a moon phase dial comes with instructions to guide you through the process. A calculator tool on the Patek Philippe website shows you how to position the dial to begin accurately tracking the phases of the moon. To use it, simply enter the current month, day and year and press the "calculate" button. Shop a range of Patek Philippe moon phase watches on 1stDibs.
- 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022The time it takes to make a Patek Philippe watch varies based on the model, the assembly of pieces and the sourcing of materials. It’s generally believed that the time varies depending on the complexity of the watch — reportedly, it takes up to nine months for the brand to create one of its more basic models, while a more complicated timepiece will yield a production time of at least two years. Find a collection of vintage and contemporary Patek Philippe watches on 1stDibs.
- 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022To set a Patek Philippe watch, pull the crown out to its farthest setting when the second hand hits the 12:00 mark. The second hand will stop, and you can set the time by turning the crown until the watch shows the right time. Then, push the crown back in, and the watch is set. On 1stDibs, find vintage and modern Patek Philippe from top sellers worldwide.
- 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022Most Patek Philippe Geneve watches are similar in their adjustments. Turn the crown clockwise to wind the watch once per day, and use the small push buttons on the side of the case to set other parameters like month and day. On some less complicated models, everything is adjusted by unscrewing the crown and putting it in different positions. Consult the brand’s website for more specific setting instructions. On 1stDibs, find a collection of vintage and contemporary Patek Philippe watches from some of the world’s top sellers.
- 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022There are some tell-tale signs you can look for to determine if a Patek Philippe watch is real or fake.1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022The first place to look is on the dial. Compare your timepiece against the catalog and other reference images to see if colors, fonts and finish match. Any signs of sloppy workmanship is a clear red flag. Test all the mechanisms to ensure they work, because sometimes pieces like the crown are only for show on fakes. Patek Philippe watches also have a serial number printed on the back to verify authenticity. On 1stDibs, you’ll find a collection of expertly-vetted vintage and contemporary Patek Philippe watches.
- 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022To manually wind your Patek Philippe watch, locate the crown and rotate it clockwise 30 to 40 times. Stop as soon as you feel resistance to avoid overwinding — this is important, as overwinding can potentially damage your watch. Find an assortment of vintage manual Patek Philippe watches on 1stDibs.
- 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022To set a Patek Philippe perpetual calendar, always turn the crown clockwise. Set the different functions by using the push buttons on the outside of the case, using a toothpick or other tool that won’t scratch or damage the watch. For specific setting and adjustment instructions, consult the brand’s website. On 1stDibs, find a collection of vintage and contemporary Patek Philippe watches.
- 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022No, Patek Philippe generally doesn't have any non-Swiss parts. The brand produces all of its movements, dials and other components in their own factories located in Switzerland. Producing all of the parts in-house helps the brand maintain an exceptional level of quality. You'll find a large collection of expertly vetted Patek Philippe watches on 1stDibs.
- 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022Yes, Patek Philippe has a website. Its address is www.patek.com. The website allows you to browse all current Patek Philippe watch models and learn about their features. It also provides information about the brand's history, technologies and manufacturing techniques. To buy a Patek Philippe watch online, shop an authorized retailer's site or a reputable online platform like 1stDibs.
- 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022Yes, Patek Philippe does have women's watches available for sale. The brand's signature Nautilus timepiece comes in a slimmer silhouette intended for women. In addition, the brand offers the Twenty~4 Automatic collection exclusively for women. These watches are available in stainless steel and rose gold. Most models feature genuine diamond accents. Shop a range of Patek Philippe women's watches on 1stDibs.
- 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022No, Patek Philippe does not use ETA movements in its new watches. However, the brand once did. Early models used movements made by the watch company Lemania. The company that manufactures ETA movements, ETA SA, formed in the late 1970s when Lemania merged with Valjoux, Peseux and other Swiss movement manufacturers. On 1stDibs, shop a collection of Patek Philippe watches.
- 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022Yes, Patek Philippe makes stainless steel watches. The Nautilus, Calatrava, Complications and Aquanaut collections all feature stainless steel models, as does the women's Twenty~4 Automatic collection. Depending on the line, you may have your choice of a stainless steel watch with a leather band or metal bracelet. Find a collection of Patek Philippine stainless steel watches on 1stDibs.
- 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022Yes. Patek Philippe watches are waterproof — some more than others. In 1979, Patek Philippe devised a watch that was fully waterproof down to 120 meters, which was astonishing for the times. However, Patek Philippe dress watches aren’t designed to be in water regularly, but two of its sport watches, the Aquanaut and the Nautilus, are designed for wearing in the water, and they’re water-resistant down to 120 meters. Shop a collection of vintage and new Patek Philippe pieces from some of the world’s top boutiques on 1stDibs.
- 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022No, the silver dials on Patek Philippe watches usually aren't solid silver. The brand produces them out of brass then adds the silver color either by galvanizing, plating or enameling the metal. Find a large collection on Patek Philippe 1stDibs.