On March 9th 2016 a Patek Philippe pocket watch was sent into the valuation service:

''In mint condition, this beautiful 18 carat gold timepiece boasts a white enamel dial with minutes marked by beautiful Roman numerals, powered by world-class mechanical movement. Its lid was designed with scrolling foliage on the front and was signed Patek Philip & Co. Geneva, on the back “She came in her case with a second glass and a certificate of manufacture dated 1880.''

Patek Philippe is one of the most sought-after and prestigious brands in the world. Polish watchmaker, Antoni Patek, and French watchmaker, Adrien Philippe, founded the company in 1851 and together they pioneered the perpetual calendar, split-second hands, chronograph and minute repeater in watches.

In 2014, the worlds most expensive watch ever sold at auction was the Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication. When the gavel came down on 11th September at Sotheby's Geneva, an anonymous buyer had paid 23 237 000 Swiss Francs, the equivalent to $24 million at the time.

Patek Philippe, The Henry Graves JR. Supercomplication Image via Sotheby's Patek Philippe, The Henry Graves JR. Supercomplication Image via Sotheby's

So it is no surprise that the seller caught the eye of an auctioneer through Barnebys valuation service and was contacted by online auctioneers, Expertisez.com.

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Expertisez and the consignor wasted no time, the pocket watch was placed in a sale with an estimate of €1 500 - €2 000 and was sold on April 13th 2016 for €2 500, including buyer's premium.

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