Here are the top five most expensive pocket watches ever made.
Pocket watches were first introduced at a period when they were only available to the wealthy and influential people.
Furthermore, watches have remained one of the most common men’s accessories since then. It’s no wonder that very expensive pocket watches were made.
However, the more expensive examples seem to have their own stories, which can make for some fascinating reading.
5) STAR CALIBER 2000 PATEK PHILIPPE – $4 MILLION
Patek Philippe is one of the most well-known names in watchmaking, so its inclusion on this list is not surprising. Regardless, this timepiece lives up to its name in that it was designed to commemorate the millennium. That meant it had to be something unique.
This is undoubtedly what explains its approximate value of between $2.5 and $4 million. Thanks to the combination of precious materials, craftsmanship, and the very unusual ability to play the sound of Westminster chimes.
4) BREGUET ANTIQUE NO. 2667 – $4.7 MILLION
Breguet is one of the most well-known watch brands. It having been established in 1775 and still in business today. It’s not shocking that it’s produced some pretty interesting timepieces throughout its history. One of which is the Breguet Antique Number 2667.
This pocket watch was an uncommon timepiece with two movements, which, when combined with the precious materials used in its construction, resulted in something extraordinary. It was no accident that it raised $4.7 million at auction.
3) PATEK PHILIPPE CALIBER 89 – $6 MILLION DOLLARS
Patek Philippe has returned, as one might hope. However, it was not only the Patek Philippe Caliber 89’s brand name that helped it raise $6 million at the auction but a variety of other factors as well.
As demonstrated by its 33 complications, it is one of the most complicated timepieces ever made.
In addition, only four watches were produced for Patek Philippe’s 150th anniversary. Each one is exclusive due to its different materials.
2) BREGUET NO. 160 for MARIE-ANTOINETTE – $10 MILLION
Marie Antoinette became a notorious figure in French culture. It should be remembered that much of her popularity was not gained because rumors were as prevalent then as they are now.
Regardless, this $10 million piece is not a Pocket watch made for Marie Antoinette. It is a rather a copy of the same Pocket watch. It was stolen from the museum where it was housed but was ultimately given to the French royal family
This timepiece is unique in that it was commissioned by Swatch after the watchmaker purchased Breguet, and it took four years to complete.
1. SUPERCOMPLICATION PATEK PHILIPPE HENRY GRAVES – $24 MILLION
Patek Philippe’s Henry Graves Pocket watch is another timepiece that took four years to make. This timepiece, on the other hand, sold at auction for $11 million. It is a far more accurate figure than the estimate made for its counterpart.
Regardless, given the high price, it’s only logical that there’s a story behind it. For the curious, this timepiece was specially made in the early twentieth century for a banker called Henry Graves Jr. He wanted to win a competition for the watch with the most complications. Patek Phillipe’s efforts eventually culminated in this timepiece, which has a total of 24 complications.
What is most intriguing is that one of these complexities? A celestial map focused on the night sky as seen from Graves’ home in New York City. Interestingly, though the $11 million price tag was remarkable, this timepiece broke its own record in late 2014. It was selling for an astounding $24 million.
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