Christie’s autumn watch auctions in Geneva and Hong Kong to feature landmark Patek models


Christie’s autumn watch auctions in Geneva on 11 November and Hong Kong on 27 November will each offer a landmark Patek Phillipe watch.

At Geneva the auction house will present Henry Graves Jr’s (1868-1953) unique yellow gold tonneau minute repeating wristwatch of 1927, the first and earliest wristwatch in his collection of approximately 30 Patek watches.


The watch is unanimously considered to be the prime piece among the very earliest recorded Patek Philippe minute repeater wristwatches, and its importance in the history of watchmaking place it firmly as one of the most significant wristwatches in the world.

The Hong Kong will feature the only known Gobbi retailed Patek Philippe Reference 2523 with a translucent blue dial.

Made in 1953 and sold in April 1957 to Patek Philippe’s distinguished retailer, Gobbi in Milan, the reference 2523 is part of an exceedingly small series of dual crown world time wristwatches.

It is thought that only seven reference 2523 dual-crown world time wristwatches in pink gold were ever made and it is estimated at £6 million – £12 million.

It is only the fifth pink gold reference 2523 ever to be offered at auction and one of only two known pieces to have the stunning translucent blue enamel centre to the dial.

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