Patek Philippe has built a solid reputation for manufacturing luxury Swiss watches as well as clock timepieces. With an immense dedication to precision and made from only the very best materials, the type that will give any watch reliable longevity, the Patek Philippe brand is in every way luxurious.
Based in Geneva and in the Vallee de Joux, Switzerland, Patek Philippe is today owned by the well-known Stern family but was founded in 1839 by the Polish watchmaker Antoni Patek. Working alongside his watch making partner Franciszek Czapek, Patek made beautiful pocket watches.
In time their relationship would sour with disagreements and the company was liquidated less than 10 years after it was founded. Czapek would go on to found a new company with a new partner, while Patek would join the French watchmaker Adrien Philippe, who was the inventor of the keyless winding mechanism.
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In 1851, the company name changed from Patek & Cie to Patek, Philippe & Cie, and in that same year the company gifted the Queen of Britain a keyless pendant watch decorated with a bouquet of flowers featuring rose cut diamonds. The Queen so enjoyed the Patek Philippe timepiece that she eventually added another to her growing collection and would wear it pinned to her clothing.
The company developed a bit of a reputation for developing watches for aristocracy and would also eventually make their first wristwatch specifically for the Countess Koscowicz of Hungary.
When the original founders of the company passed on, first Patek and then Philippe, the Patek family did not join the company to ensure a family run continuation. Rather the son-in-law of Philippe took Patek’s position. Before Philippe’s death, his position was given to his youngest son.
In 1901, the company became a joint-stock company and while still a Philippe run family business, there was now also shareholders and a board of directors to consider.
In 1932, the company was taken over by the Stern family who to this day are still involved. Since the company changed hands, it has gone on to produce thousands of stunning Swiss luxury watches which continue to be loved the world over.
The year 2018 alone saw the sales of 62 000 watches. To keep up with the demand and to ensure that the company continues to manufacture good quality watches, each year the number of watches produced increases by around 1 -3 percent.
An interesting fact about Patek Philippe watches is that out of the top 58 most expensive watches ever sold, 46 of them are Patek Philippe watches.
As it stands, there are 10 beautiful watch collections for buyers to choose from. These include the Complications, Grand Complications, Gondolo, Aquanaut, Golden Ellipse, Calatrava, Nautilus, Rare Handcrafts, Pocket Watches, and Twenty~4.
These watches are manufactured from only the finest materials and are embellished with gorgeous designs and rare stones. The collections offer something for everyone and are as beautiful in the boardroom as they are durable in the sports arena.
You can find a pre-owned Patek Philippe watch among our selection of second hand luxury watches. If you would like to sell your Patek Philippe watch, we would love to hear from you.
The cheapest watch can be found within the entry level collection of Patek Philippe watches which can start at around R 84 000.
A genuine Patek Philippe watch can be a rather pricey buy, depending on the type of watch you choose. Genuine watches start at around R 84 000 and will often go up as high as over R 1 000 000.
Any Patek Phillppe watch that you buy is going to be worth the money you spend. This is because these watches are designed to hold their value and because they are such an awesome statement making piece, they will always be worth the money.
The most sought after Patek Philippe watch is the Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711. The Aquanaut models are also incredibly popular and can be rather difficult to get your hands on.
The Patek Philippe watch that you buy should be the watch that best suits your tastes and your budget. The watch that is best for you is really just the one that you really want.
A Patek Philippe watch will last forever so long as you are committed to keeping it in a good condition and make sure that your watch is regularly maintained.
There are a few signs to look out for if you want to confirm that your watch is real:
· Check the spelling on the watch as well as the spacing of the letters.
· Look at where the serial number has been placed. On these watches the serial number is on the side of the case and never on the back.
· The font on the watch must be in a particular size and font.
· The price is in line with that of a genuine Patek Philippe.
· The watch comes with a certificate of authenticity.
The choice is going to be entirely up to you. Both new watches and the used kind are going to have their advantages and their disadvantages. A new watch is always a good choice if you have the money while a second hand watch is a great option if you are buying on a budget.
The most sought after Patek Philippe watch is the Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711. This is a classic watch that is has become immensely popular.
To service a Patek Philippe watch, the price that you end up paying is going to depend on the company or person who services the watch, the type of watch in need of a service, and the amount of work that is going to be done.
The easiest way to check the year of your Patek Philippe watch would be to have a look at the serial number.
Patek Philippe watches do need to be regularly maintained, in order to keep them in the best possible condition, which will help to ensure that the watch is able to keep its value. This is true of all luxury watches, and it is a good idea to give the watch a professional service every year.
Patek Philippe watches hold their value very well as long as the watch is kept in mint condition. This means that you should store your watch correctly and make sure that it gets its regular check up to make sure it stays in a good condition.
Every Patek Philippe watch comes with its own certificate of authenticity, whether it is a brand new buy or a second hand purchase.