List of most expensive watches sold at auction

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A Patek Philippe pocket watch

This list of most expensive watches sold at auction documents the watches sold at auction worldwide for at least 1.5 million US dollars. The final price listed contains buyer's premium paid to the auction houses and has been converted to US dollars, if needed, according to the currency exchange rate at the time of auction.[1][2] Inflation-adjusted prices are also listed for reference. If a watch has been sold at auction for several times, only the highest final price is considered. Finally, any auctioned watch without online records from auction houses will not be included in this list.

As of November 2018, the most expensive watch/pocket watch ever sold at auction is the Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication, reaching a final price of 23.98 million US dollars (23,237,000 CHF) in Geneva on November 11th, 2014.[3][4][5][6][7][8] The most expensive wristwatch ever sold at auction, however, is the Paul Newman's Rolex Daytona, reaching a final price of 17.75 million US dollars in New York on October 26th, 2017.[9][10][11]

As of November 2018, there are at least 58 watches having been sold at auction for over two million US dollars and at least 90 watches having been sold at auction for over 1.5 million US dollars. Among the top 10 of these watches, 7 are Patek Philippe watches and 3 are Rolex watches.

Summary (as of Nov. 2018)[edit]

Auction Records[edit]

  • Worldwide: The most expensive watch ever sold at auction worldwide is the Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication, reaching a final price of 23.98 million US dollars in Geneva on November 11th, 2014 (by Sotheby's).[3][4]
  • Asia: The most expensive watch ever sold at auction in Asia is a Patek Philippe Star Calibre 2000 Ref. 990/1, reaching a final price of 3.28 million US dollars in Hong Kong on November 28th, 2012 (by Christie's).[12]
  • Europe: The most expensive watch ever sold at auction in Europe is the Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication, reaching a final price of 23.98 million US dollars in Geneva on November 11th, 2014 (by Sotheby's).[3][4]
  • North America: The most expensive watch ever sold at auction in North America is the Paul Newman's Rolex Daytona, reaching a final price of 17.75 million US dollars in New York on October 26th, 2017 (by Phillips).[11]

Auction Houses[edit]

The following table show the breakdown of auction houses that have sold the most expensive watches at auctions (for at least 2 million US dollars). As of November 2018, there are at least five auction houses that have sold watches for no less than two million US dollars: Christie's, Phillips, Antiquorum, Sotheby's, and Poly Auction.

A Patek Philippe Chronograph wristwatch
Ranking Range Christie's Phillips Antiquorum Sotheby's Poly Auction
1st – 10th 2 5 2 1
1st – 20th 6 7 4 3
1st – 30th 12 9 4 5
1st – 40th 17 11 5 6 1
1st – 50th 21 15 7 6 1
1st – 58th 26 16 8 7 1

The following table has a threshold of 1.5 million US dollars.

Ranking Range Christie's Phillips Antiquorum Sotheby's Poly Auction
1st – 90th 37 24 17 11 1

Manufacturers[edit]

The following table shows the brand breakdown of the most expensive watches ever sold at auction (for at least 2 million US dollars). As of November 2018, there are at least five manufacturers that have manufactured watches sold at auction for no less than two million US dollars: Patek Philippe, Rolex, Breguet, George Daniels, and Vacheron Constantin, In particular, George Daniels was an independent British watchmaker. [13]

A Rolex Daytona Ref. 6263 wristwatch
Ranking Range Patek Philippe Rolex Breguet George Daniels Vacheron Constantin
1st – 10th 7 3
1st – 20th 14 4 1 1
1st – 30th 22 5 2 1
1st – 40th 30 5 3 1 1
1st – 50th 39 6 3 1 1
1st – 58th 46 7 3 1 1

The following table has a threshold of 1.5 million US dollars. Two additional manufacturers join the league: Richard Mille and Chopard.

Ranking Range Patek Philippe Rolex Breguet Vacheron Constantin George Daniels Richard Mille Chopard
1st – 90th 71 10 3 3 1 1 1

Watch Models[edit]

The following table shows the watch models which appeared more than once as the most expensive watches ever sold at auctions worldwide (for at least 2 million US dollars). As of November 2018, there are at least five such models: Patek Philippe 2499, Patek Philippe World Time (Heures Universelles), Rolex Daytona, Patek Philippe 2497, and Patek Philippe Calibre 89, and Patek Philippe 1526. Each of the models has played an important role in the history of horology.[11][14][15][16][17][18][19]

Ranking Range Patek Philippe 2499 Patek Philippe World Time Rolex Daytona Patek Phillipe 2497 Patek Philippe Calibre 89 Patek Philippe 1526
1st – 10th 2 2
1st – 20th 2 1 3 2 1
1st – 30th 4 3 4 2 2 2
1st – 40th 6 5 4 2 2 2
1st – 50th 9 6 4 3 2 2
1st – 58th 11 6 5 4 2 2

The following table has a threshold of 1.5 million US dollars.

Ranking Range Patek Philippe 2499 Patek Philippe World Time Rolex Daytona Patek Phillipe 2497 Patek Philippe 3448 Patek Philippe Calibre 89 Patek Philippe 1526
1st – 90th 17 8 7 4 3 2 2

Top 58 Most Expensive Watches[edit]

The following table contains details of the 58 watches auctioned for at least two million US dollars, ranked according to the their original auction prices. The inflation-adjusted price is given by consumer price index inflation-adjusted value of United States dollars in 2017.

Rank Manufacturer Watch Model M.Y. Style Original Price

(USD Millions)

Adjusted Price

(USD Millions)

Auction

Date

Auction

Place

Auction

House

Ref.
1 Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication 1932 Pocket 23.983 24.833 11/11/2014 Geneva Sotheby's [3][4]
2 Rolex Paul Newman Daytona Ref. 6239 1968 Wrist 17.753 17.753 10/26/2017 New York Phillips [11]
3 Patek Philippe Stainless Steel Ref. 1518 1943 Wrist 11.137 11.375 11/12/2016 Geneva Phillips [20][21]
4 Patek Philippe Stainless Steel Ref. 5016A-010 2015 Wrist 7.259 7.507 11/07/2015 Geneva Phillips [22][23]
5 Patek Philippe Titanium Ref. 5208T-010 2017 Wrist 6.226 6.226 11/11/2017 Geneva Christie’s [24][25]
6 Rolex Daytona Unicorn Ref. 6265 1970 Wrist 5.937 5.937 05/12/2018 Geneva Phillips [26][27]
7 Patek Philippe Gold Chronograph Ref. 1527 1943 Wrist 5.709 6.417 05/10/2010 Geneva Christie’s [28][29]
8 Rolex Bao Dai Ref. 6062 1952 Wrist 5.060 5.060 05/13/2017 Geneva Phillips [30][31]
9 Patek Philippe Yellow Gold Calibre 89 1989 Pocket 5.042 5.761 11/14/2009 Geneva Antiquorum [32][33]
10 Patek Philippe White Gold Calibre 89 1989 Pocket 5.003 6.493 04/24/2004 Geneva Antiquorum [34][35]
11 Patek Philippe Stainless Steel Ref. 130 1927 Wrist 4.987 5.157 05/10/2015 Geneva Phillips [36][37]
12 Breguet Breguet & Fils, Paris No. 2667 1814 Pocket 4.686 5.003 05/14/2012 Geneva Christie’s [38][39]
13 George Daniels Yellow Gold Space Traveller's 1982 Pocket 4.325 4.325 11/19/2017 London Sotheby's [40][41]
14 Patek Philippe Platinum World Time Ref. 1415 1939 Wrist 4.027 5.488 04/13/2002 Geneva Antiquorum [42][43]
15 Patek Philippe J.B. Champion Ref. 2458 1952 Wrist 3.993 4.263 11/12/2012 Geneva Christie’s [44][45]
16 Patek Philippe Titanium Ref. 5004T 2013 Wrist 3.985 4.193 09/28/2013 Monaco Antiquorum [46][47]
17 Patek Philippe Stainless Steel Ref. 1526 1949 Wrist 3.956 4.504 05/12/2008 Geneva Christie’s [48][49]
18 Patek Philippe Asprey Ref. 2499 1952 Wrist 3.880 3.880 11/13/2018 Geneva Sotheby’s [50]
19 Rolex Daytona Oyster Ref. 6263 1969 Wrist 3.718 3.718 05/14/2017 Geneva Phillips [16][51]
20 Patek Philippe Eric Clapton Ref. 2499/100 1987 Wrist 3.656 3.903 11/12/2012 Geneva Christie’s [52][53]
21 Patek Philippe White Gold Chronograph 1928 Wrist 3.636 3.962 05/16/2011 Geneva Christie’s [54][55]
22 Breguet Breguet & Fils, No. 217 1800 Pocket 3.333 3.714 05/16/2016 Geneva Christie’s [56][57]
23 Patek Philippe Stainless Steel Ref. 1436 1945 Wrist 3.301 3.414 11/07/2015 Geneva Phillips [37][58]
24 Patek Philippe Star Calibre 2000 Ref. 990/1 2008 Pocket 3.281 3.503 11/28/2012 Hong Kong Christie’s [12][59]
25 Patek Philippe Serpico y Laino Ref. 2499 1952 Wrist 3.235 3.235 11/12/2018 Geneva Christie’s [60][61]
26 Patek Philippe Platinum Ref. 2497 1954 Wrist 3.067 3.492 05/12/2008 Geneva Christie’s [62][63]
27 Rolex Daytona Neanderthal Ref. 6240 1966 Wrist 3.010 3.010 05/12/2018 Geneva Phillips [64][65]
28 Patek Philippe Tiffany & Co. Ref. 2499 1971 Wrist 2.999 2.999 10/02/2018 Hong Kong Sotheby's [66]
29 Patek Philippe Henry Graves Minute Repeater [Note 1] Wrist 2.995 3.197 06/14/2012 New York Sotheby's [67]
30 Patek Philippe Gold World Time Ref. 2523 1955 Wrist 2.990 3.192 05/14/2012 Geneva Christie’s [68][69]
31 Patek Philippe Yellow Gold Split-seconds Chronograph 1923 Wrist 2.965 3.070 06/10/2014 New York Sotheby's [70]
32 Patek Philippe King Haile Selassie Ref. 2497 1954 Wrist 2.898 2.898 05/15/2017 Geneva Christie’s [71][72]
33 Patek Philippe Yellow Gold World Time Ref. 2523 1953 Wrist 2.857 2.857 11/28/2017 Hong Kong Phillips [73][74]
34 Patek Philippe Pink Gold Ref. 2499 1971 Wrist 2.782 2.782 11/11/2017 Geneva Phillips [75][76]
35 Patek Philippe Gold Ref. 1526 [Note 2] Wrist 2.773 3.168 11/16/2009 Geneva Christie’s [77][78]
36 Vacheron Constantin King Fouad I Ref. 57260 1929 Pocket 2.77 3.48 04/03/2005 Geneva Antiquorum [79][80]
37 Breguet Breguet, Paris, No. 4111 1827 Pocket 2.751 2.937 05/14/2012 Geneva Christie’s [81][82]
Patek Philippe Pink Gold Ref. 2499 1950 Wrist 2.751 2.937 05/14/2012 Geneva Christie’s [82][83]
39 Patek Philippe Gobbi Milan World Time Ref. 2523 1953 Wrist 2.728 3.066 11/15/2010 Geneva Christie’s [84][85]
40 Patek Philippe White Gold Ref. 6002G 2014 Wrist 2.717 2.717 10/03/2018 Hong Kong Poly Auction [86]
41 Patek Philippe Pink Gold Ref. 2499 1951 Wrist 2.678 2.773 11/09/2014 Geneva Christie's [87][88]
42 Patek Philippe Pink Gold Ref. 2499 1968 Wrist 2.538 2.592 05/31/2016 Hong Kong Phillips [89][90]
43 Patek Philippe Pink Gold World Time Ref. 2523/1 1954 Wrist 2.509 2.563 05/31/2016 Hong Kong Phillips [90][91]
44 Patek Philippe Gradowski Clockwatch 1890 Pocket 2.48 3.38 06/08/2002 Hong Kong Antiquorum [79][92]
45 Rolex Antimagnetique 4113 1942 Wrist 2.466 2.519 05/14/2016 Geneva Phillips [93][94]
46 Patek Philippe Pink Gold Ref. 3448 1968 Wrist 2.338 2.548 11/14/2011 Geneva Christie’s [95][96]
47 Patek Philippe White Gold Ref. 2497 1954 Wrist 2.300 2.300 11/11/2017 Geneva Phillips [76][97]
48 Patek Philippe Pink Gold Repeater 1894 Pocket 2.29 2.50 11/13/2011 Geneva Antiquorum [98][99]
49 Patek Philippe Rose Gold Ref. 2499 1957 Wrist 2.280 2.695 05/14/2007 Geneva Christie’s [100][101]
50 Patek Philippe Gold World Time Ref. 2523 1953 Wrist 2.267 2.347 11/09/2014 Geneva Christie’s [88][102]
51 Patek Philippe Stainless Steel Ref. 1591 1944 Wrist 2.264 2.676 11/12/2007 Geneva Christie’s [101][103]
52 Patek Philippe Stephen Palmer No. 97912 1898 Pocket 2.252 2.370 06/11/2013 New York Christie’s [104][105]
53 Patek Philippe Trossi Leggenda Chronograph 1932 Wrist 2.236 2.547 05/11/2008 Geneva Sotheby's [106][107]
54 Patek Philippe Platinum Ref. 1579 1946 Wrist 2.213 2.411 11/14/2011 Geneva Christie’s [98][108]
55 Patek Philippe Pink Gold Ref. 2499 [Note 3] Wrist 2.161 2.274 11/11/2013 Geneva Christie’s [109][110]
56 Patek Philippe Rose Gold Ref. 2499 1951 Wrist 2.129 2.901 10/19/2002 Geneva Antiquorum [43][111]
57 Patek Philippe White Gold Ref. 2497 1953 Wrist 2.083 2.157 11/09/2014 Geneva Christie’s [88][112]
58 Rolex Daytona Oyster Ref. 6263 1969 Wrist 2.036 2.079 05/14/2016 Geneva Phillips [94][113]

Near Top Watches (59th – 90th)[edit]

The following table contains details of the watches auctioned for close to (but did not reach) two million US dollars, ranked according to the their original auction prices. The threshold is 1.5 million US dollars. The inflation-adjusted price is given by consumer price index inflation-adjusted value of United States dollars in 2017.

Rank Manufacturer Watch Model M.Y. Style Original Price

(USD Millions)

Adjusted Price

(USD Millions)

Auction

Date

Auction

Place

Auction

House

Ref.
59 Rolex Stainless Steel Ref. 6062 1953 Wrist 1.988 1.988 05/13/2017 Geneva Phillips [114][115]
60 Patek Philippe Henry Graves Grande Complication 1926 Pocket 1.981 2.486 11/14/2005 Geneva Christie's [116][117]
61 Patek Philippe Grogan Split-seconds Chronograph 1925 Wrist 1.945 2.365 11/13/2006 Geneva Christie's [101][118]
62 Rolex Daytona The Arabian Knight Ref. 6263 1974 Wrist 1.931 1.931 05/12/2018 Geneva Phillips [119][120]
63 Patek Philippe Yellow Gold Officer 1923 Wrist 1.918 2.822 11/14/1999 Geneva Antiquorum [101][121]
64 Patek Philippe Stainless Steel Ref. 3939 2011 Wrist 1.911 2.082 09/23/2011 Monaco Antiquorum [122][123]
65 Richard Mille Sapphire RM56-02 2015 Wrst 1.856 1.856 10/02/2017 Hong Kong Sotheby's [124][125]
66 Patek Philippe Yellow Gold Ref. 2499 1952 Wrist 1.797 1.858 11/07/2015 Geneva Phillips [126]
67 Patek Philippe Henry Graves Platinum Ref. 811 1930 Pocket 1.779 2.309 05/18/2004 Geneva Christie’s [127][128]
68 Vacheron Constantin James W. Packard Minute Repeater 1918 Pocket 1.763 1.921 06/15/2011 New York Christie’s [129]
69 Patek Philippe White Gold Ref. 130 1944 Wrist 1.751 2.386 04/13/2002 Geneva Antiquorum [130]
70 Patek Philippe Gobbi Milan Ref. 2499 1960 Wrist 1.750 1.999 05/11/2009 Geneva Christie’s [131]
71 Patek Philippe Yellow Gold Ref. 2499 1956 Wrist 1.727 1.764 05/15/2016 Geneva Phillips [132]
72 Patek Philippe Gold World Time Ref. 2523 1953 Wrist 1.722 2.094 04/02/2006 Geneva Antiquorum [133]
73 Patek Philippe Platinum Calatrava Minute Repeater 1939 Wrist 1.711 2.674 04/20/1996 Geneva Antiquorum [134]
74 Patek Philippe Aviator Prototype Wristwatch 1936 Wrist 1.710 1.954 05/11/2009 Geneva Christie’s [135][136]
75 Patek Philippe White Gold Ref. 3448 1981 Wrist 1.696 1.785 05/13/2013 Geneva Christie’s [137]
76 Chopard Happy Diamond Wristwatch 2015 Wrist 1.6735 1.731 11/10/2015 Geneva Christie’s [138]
77 Patek Philippe Stainless Steel Ref. 530 1939 Wrist 1.6730 2.171 04/24/2004 Geneva Antiquorum [139]
78 Rolex Daytona Oyster Ref. 6263 1969 Wrist 1.660 1.660 05/12/2018 Geneva Phillips [140]
79 Patek Philippe Pink Gold World Time Ref. 1415 1939 Wrist 1.652 2.251 04/13/2002 Geneva Antiquorum [141]
80 Patek Philippe Platinum Ref. 1579 1946 Wrist 1.623 1.733 11/12/2012 Geneva Christie’s [142]
81 Patek Philippe Yellow Gold Ref. 2499/100 1979 Wrist 1.5728 1.573 05/12/2018 Geneva Phillips [143]
82 Patek Philippe Gold Ref. 3449 1961 Wrist 1.5726 1.702 11/14/2011 Geneva Christie’s [144]
83 Patek Philippe Gold Ref. 1563 1947 Wrist 1.572 1.654 11/11/2013 Geneva Christie’s [136][145]
84 Patek Philippe Yellow Gold Ref. 2499 1960 Wrist 1.566 1.566 08/13/2017 Geneva Phillips [146]
85 Vacheron Constantin Pink Gold Tour de I'lle 2005 Wrist 1.564 1.963 04/03/2005 Geneva Antiquorum [147][148]
86 Patek Philippe White Gold Ref. 3450 1985 Wrist 1.553 1.606 12/01/2015 Hong Kong Phillips [149][150]
87 Patek Philippe Yellow Gold Ref. 3448J 1975 Wrist 1.550 1.765 11/16/2008 Geneva Sotheby's [151]
88 Patek Philippe Platinum Ref. 69 1929 Wrist 1.549 2.064 05/13/2003 Geneva Sotheby's [152]
89 Patek Philippe George Thompson Minute Repeater 1914 Pocket 1.541 1.874 05/16/2006 Geneva Sotheby's [153]
90 Patek Philippe Yellow Gold Ref. 2499 1956 Wrist 1.514 1.724 10/17/2008 New York Antiquorum [154]


Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The movement was manufactured in 1895 and the case in 1927.
  2. ^ The movement was manufactured in 1942 and the case in 1948.
  3. ^ The movement was manufactured in 1951 and the watch was encased in 1957.

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