The World’s Most Expensive Watches

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WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE WATCHES

watches_Officier Patek Philippe

Officier (1923) Patek Philippe - $1,918,387

Sold at Antiquorum in 1999

This Patek Philippe one-of-a-kind 18-karat yellow-gold wristwatch features a chronograph and a 60-minute register.

watches_The Grogan

The Grogan (1925) Patek Philippe - $1,945,040

Sold at Christie’s in 2006

This gold chronograph wristwatch with a cushion-shaped case is the only one of its kind ever made for a left-handed wearer.

watches_Grande Complication
Grande Complication (1926) Patek Philippe – $1,980,200

Sold at Christie’s in 2005

This signed Patek Philippe watch was made for the watchmaker’s most influential and prominent patron, Henry Graves Jr., a New York financier. Graves was believed to own 30 Patek watches and wanted to own the most complicated watch in the world (which he eventually did when the company made him the Supercomplication in 1932). This watch had 12 so-called “complications,” including a twin-barrel bi-directional winding mechanism and a perpetual calendar.

watches_Model 2499 First Series

Model 2499 First Series (1951) Patek Philippe - $2,129,000

Sold at Antiquorum in 2002

Made in 1951, this piece, stamped with the Patek Philippe signature, is an 18-karat rose-gold wristwatch with a perpetual calendar and moon-phase dial.

watches_Model 1591

Model 1591 (1944) Patek Philippe - $2,263,964

Sold at Christie’s in 2007

Although it was made in 1944, the public did not know that this Patek Philippe stainless steel wristwatch existed until 1996, when it was first offered at auction. According to lore, this watch belonged to a maharajah who wore it when playing polo. It was then given as a present to the man in charge of organizing the maharajah’s wedding. It’s believed to be the only stainless steel model 1591 ever made, and one of only two examples of this model known to exist to date. It holds the world record for any stainless steel wristwatch sold at auction.

watches_Model 2499 First Series

Model 2499 First Series (1957) Patek Philippe - $2,280,000

Sold at Christie’s in 2007

Stamped with Patek Philippe’s signature, this is the most expensive watch ever sold at Christie’s. Only five other examples of this particular 18-karat rose-gold wristwatch are known to have appeared in public to date.

watches_Model 2523 Heures Universelles

Model 2523 Heures Universelles (1953) Patek Philippe - $2,899,373

Sold at Antiquorum in 2006

This intricately designed 18-karat yellow-gold world time watch features a polychrome and enamel dial representing the map of North America.

watches_Platinum World Time

Platinum World Time (1939) Patek Philippe - $4,026,524

Sold at Antiquorum in 2002

Experts believe this platinum Patek Philippe world time wristwatch was the only one of its kind ever made.

Caliber 89

Caliber 89 (1989) Patek Philippe - $5,002,500

Sold at Antiquorum in 2004

This 18-karat white-gold “clockwatch” is considered the most complicated watch in the world, with a total of 33 functions, including dials for a second time zone and time of sunrise and sunset.

Henry Graves Supercomplication

Henry Graves Supercomplication (1932) Patek Philippe - $11,002,500

Sold at Sotheby’s in 1999

Sotheby’s experts estimated that this watch would sell for between $3 million and $5 million, but due to intense competition, bids soared to more than $11 million. With two faces and 24 complications (or functions) this yellow-gold pocket watch took four years to build and still holds the record for the most expensive watch ever sold.
WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE WATCHES

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