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The History of Patek Phillippe Watches

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These watches have a long history.

These watches have a long history.

Patek Philippe Watches

Patek Philippe is a luxury watch company founded in 1839. The watch company is considered to be one of the most renowned watch manufacturers in the world.

The Swiss company is known for groundbreaking, unique and rare watches. These timepieces include the Grandmaster Chime 6300A010 which holds the record for the most expensive timepiece in the world and the Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication which is the world's most expensive pocket watch.

The manufacturer has over ninety-eight patents in watch innovation and has invented over nineteen basic models.

The History of Patek Philippe

The history of the manufacturer is quite prolific. In 1845, the company received a patent for a keyless winding and hand-setting mechanism. The manufacturer also created the world's first Swiss wristwatch. By 1881, the company patented the precision regulator and, in 1902, the double chronograph.

Patek Philippe created the world's first split-second wristwatch in 1923. By 1949, the manufacturer had created the Gyromax balance and their 1986 invention of the secular perpetual calendar with retrograde date indication, which the company also patented.

The manufacturer also holds the record for the most expensive timepiece ever sold in the Asian market, the Star Calibre 2000. The timepiece features more than nineteen complications which include Westminster chimes, minute repeating, and lunar orbit.

Over the many decades, other high valued collections have been made. The company continues to be one of the most regarded and outstanding watchmakers in the world.

 Patek Philippe world time zone watch.

Patek Philippe world time zone watch.

The World Time Collection

The world time collection was created in 1939. One of the collection's earliest models is Ref. 1415. The timepiece features more than twenty-three world time zones. The collection also has more than five timepieces that are ranked among the most expensive in the world.

Nautilus Collection

This particular collection was introduced in 1976. The collection is made up of the most finely crafted steel sports watches in modern-day history. It is one of the most popular collections from the manufacturer. The most highly regarded models include the Ref. 5711 and 5712. Many watch collectors love this great and unique collection of handmade watches.

Patek and Phillippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Collection

The collection is quite alluring and exclusive. It is also among the most celebrated and groundbreaking watch collections ever. The timepieces were originally introduced in 1941. In 2016, Ref. 1518 became the most expensive wristwatch in the world.

The second edition wristwatch Ref 2499 is considered to be one of the most prolific timepieces ever created. A little over two hundred and ninety-nine plus pieces were created from the 1950s until the mid-1980s. It is why the watch collection is so highly valued.

Sky Moon Tourbillon Collection

The Sky Moon Tourbillon collection came about in 2001. The collection features amazing dials and more than eleven complications, including the tourbillon, sky chart, and moon phase. The crafting of some of the timepieces is one for the record books. The watches took over ninety hours to be made. It is why so many watch collectors love the timepieces so much.

Patek and Phillippe Calibre 89

The manufacturer is best known for its most difficult mechanical watch, the Caliber 89, which held the record for the most complicated mechanical watch in 1989. It has more than thirty complications which include the equation of time and a leap year application. It is so rare. The company made only three such watches. It is one of the most expensive watches on earth, with a price tag of five million U.S dollars.

Do you own one of these beautiful watches?

Do you own one of these beautiful watches?


What is your favorite collection from the amazing watchmaker? Have you heard of the company before? Do you own any of the luxury timepieces? Let me know in the comment section below. I look forward to hearing from you.


Mark Tulin from Long Beach, California on July 01, 2021:

Great description of an amazing product.