|Quick specs Patek Philippe Ref. 5208T-010
Price: sold on the 11th of November 2017 for CHF 6’200’000 | $ 6,224,500 | € 5.335.600 | £ 4,719,400
Size: 42 mm
The watch Patek offered for the biennial Only Watch in 2015 was a record breaking piece. The one-off Patek Philippe ref. 5016A-010 Minute Repeater Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar in stainless steel was auctioned at 7.3 million Swiss francs. At today’s exchange rate that is 7.5 million dollars, almost 6,4 million euros and almost 5.8 British pounds. Patek’s 2017 contribution is the Patek Philippe Ref. 5208T-010, a minute repeater with monopusher chronograph, perpetual calendar and moon phase. It is the most expensive lot of Only Watch 2017.
This model was launched in 2011 as the Ref. 5208P. Which means (P) it comes in platinum. It has a charcoal-gray sunburst dial on a matt black alligator strap. Rumors say Vladimir Putin owned one, and it is produced in very limited numbers. In July 2017, one was auctioned at 1.061.998,76 euros, roughly 1,250,000 dollars or 959,000 British pounds. (In fact, it is believed that this piece was Putin’s one.)
The Patek Philippe Ref. 5208T-010 can become the world’s most expensive wristwatch *
The unique Ref. 5208T-010 is made from titanium (T), the first and only ever produced for this model. Besides that, Patek rarely uses titanium. It has a blue dial with hand-guilloché carbon pattern and comes with a blue Cordura strap.
Patek’s caliber R CH 27 PS QI is visible through a sapphire crystal display back. The entire movement is black rhodium-plated and the platinum micro-rotor has hand-guilloché finish with the same decoration as the dial. The chime with two gongs is activated by a slide piece in the case. Estimations are that it will be auctioned for at least 900’000 Swiss francs. Which is about 822.000 euros, 932,000 dollars and about 710,000 British pounds.
The Only Watch 2015 model, the aforementioned Patek Philippe Ref. 5016A-010, was sold at 10 times the low estimate of the sale price. So, no one will be surprised if this Patek Philippe Ref. 5208T-010 sells for, let’s take a guess, 10 million. Dollars. (Nope, we were too optimistic: it was 6.2 million.) Not enough to outstrip the Patek Philippe Ref. 1518 from 1943…
The impressive Patek Philippe caliber R CH 27 PS QI with a 2-gong minute repeater, monopusher chronograph and perpetual calendar with moon phase and day/night indication
technical data Patek Philippe Ref. 5208T-010
5208T-010 (unique piece)
Patek Philippe R CH 27 PS QI | Automatic | Diameter: 32 mm | Thickness: 10.35 | Frequency: 21,600 (3 Hz) | Jewels: 63 | Parts: 719 | Black rhodium-plated finish | Platinum micro-rotor with hand-guilloché | Hours, minutes, small seconds, monopusher chronograph, perpetual calendar (day, date, month, leap year), day/night indication, moon phase, minute repeater | Power-reserve: 38 hours
|Case & dial:
42 mm | Titanium | Thickness: 15.11 mm | Interchangeable full back and sapphire crystal case back | 18K gold dial | Blue dial with hand-guilloché carbon pattern | Gold applied indexes with luminescent coating | Not water-resistant (but the case is humidity and dust protected)
Blue Cordura | Fold-over clasp
|Price Patek Philippe Ref. 5208T-010:
sold on the 11th of November 2017 for CHF 6’200’000 | $ 6,224,500 | € 5.335.600 | £ 4,719,400
* If you don’t count ridiculous models from Graff, Chopard and Jacob & Co. with tons of diamonds…