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In 1851, two watchmakers from Poland and France joined creative forces with the aim of producing innovative timepieces. Today, the vision of Antoni Patek and Adrien Philippe is a global brand, considered to be one of the most prestigious watchmakers in the world. Since the early days of the company, Patek Philippe watches have been among the most coveted, with two of the earliest notable clients being Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
Alongside rare and historical timepieces, Patek Philippe has produced various timeless models for both men and women, with designs and functions to suit individual tastes and requirements. From the sporty steel-cased Nautilus collection to the opulent, diamond-encrusted Calatrava, a Patek Philippe could be the perfect watch you’ve been looking for. Online auction aggregator, Barnebys, guides us through choosing a Patek Philippe timepiece.
New Or Old?
With almost two hundred years of watch production, it’s unsurprising that there are a large number of vintage Patek Philippe watches available on the market. These watches can range from anything between a few thousand to millions of dollars, with a higher price generally – but not always – reflecting less age. For example, a Calatrava from the 1950s to 1960s will typically be offered by dealers at a price between $5,000 – $15,000, whilst pre-owned models from 2010 onward are on the market for around $10,00 – $30,000. There are indeed some rare vintage models in good condition, but an older timepiece can be accompanied by the hassle and cost of maintenance and repair, meaning that a newer model could be a safer and more reliable option.
Rare Or More Common?
Whilst the Henry Graves Supercomplication and the Patek Philippe 1518 are examples of extremely rare models performing outstandingly well at auction, these timepieces are of course uncommon, unavailable, and eye-wateringly expensive — an expense which few can afford. More accessible timepieces are the most popular and common models produced by Patek Philippe, which are widely available from both auction houses and dealers. However, the availability of these models does not mean they lack desirability. The Nautilus – a line of steel-cased sports watches introduced in 1976 and a firm favorite of actor Brad Pitt, has become one of these timeless, highly sought-after collections, and can be your next trusty wrist companion for as little as $4,000.
Classic Or Opulent?
Patek Philippe has become a favorite among watch enthusiasts due to its timeless designs which maintain elegance and style over the years. However, from time to time, the Swiss watchmakers have ventured beyond the classic leather strap and round face look, offering something a little more extravagant and ostentatious. Collections such as the Nautilus, Calatrava, and Grand Complications have released models either fully or partially-set with diamonds in trendy materials like rose gold. Besides precious gems and metals, there are also Patek Philippe timepieces available with unique features, such as minute repeaters and exposed skeleton mechanics.
Barnebys is the leading search engine for art, antiques, and collectibles with over half a million items from more than 1,800 auction houses around the world – including hundreds of Patek Philippe timepieces. Browsing our vast selection of luxury watches is made easy and effortless with our advanced search settings, which enable you to create a personalized and efficient search, specifying details from the price of the item to the location. You can even select the particular auction house.
We understand that not everyone has time to search for that perfect Patek Philippe, so we’ve created search alerts to do the hard work for you. Once you’ve created a customized search, you can set up notifications which will let you know via email that the Nautilus or Grand Complication you’re looking for is available on our site. This item can then be added to your favorites so that you don’t miss out when the auction ends.
If you feel like it’s time to move on from your own Patek Philippe and make way for something new, we can connect you with the country’s foremost collectible experts who can guide you through the process of selling. We also have the largest free price bank, allowing you to compare your timepiece with realized prices from past auctions.
Whatever your needs whilst choosing a Patek Philippe timepiece, we here at Barnebys have the tools and expertise to help.
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