Given that the 10 highest priced watches sold at auction have all been Patek Philippes, it’s perhaps not surprising that Patek also produced the 10 highest estimated lots at Christie’s upcoming watch sale on November 14. Leading the pack at the Geneva auction will be two rare wristwatches, a 1946 platinum chronograph, and an 18K gold perpetual calendar example with moon phases from 1961. Each is estimated at $1.1m-1.7m.
Expected to be almost as valuable is a unique platinum open face one minute Patek Philippe tourbillon pocket watch manufactured in 1932. Featuring a “Guillaume balance,” the watch comes with its own wooden presentation box and is estimated at $886,000-$1.5m. Another example that may break the $1m mark is a 18K pink gold perpetual calendar wristwatch with moon phases. Manufactured in 1968, it’s expected to sell for $554,000-$1.1m.