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Do you want to sell your Patek Philippe watch at the best price? At Ancienne, we are experts with more than 25 years of experience in the appraisal, consignment and purchase of luxury watches. We offer to sell your Patek Philippe in a fast, simple, discreet and secure process. Get the best possible return on your watch by avoiding unnecessary devaluations and intermediaries.

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    About Patek Philippe

    Before founding one of the world’s largest watchmakers, Antoni Norbert de Patek fought as an officer against the Russian occupation of Poland in 1830. As a result of the war, he was forced to leave his home country to settle in Switzerland in the year 1833. Once settled in Switzerland, he began marketing with watches selling them to important Polish customers. Together with his friend Franciszek Czapek, they decided to embark on the adventure of founding their own watchmaking company, which they called “Patek and Czapek.”


    In 1844, Antoni Norbert de Patek met Adrien Philippe at the Industrial Exhibition in France, a visionary inventor who had presented his own patent for the movement loading system without the need for a key. Antoni de Patek soon saw the opportunity to incorporate such an interesting character to his company, and proposed to be part of society, as well as to occupy the position of technical director. As a result of the strong disagreements with Antoni Norbert de Patek, Franciszek Czapek left the company and in 1851, the company changed its name to Patek, Philippe & Cie. From that moment, the last name of the two partners appeared in the spheres of all the watches they produced. During the nineteenth century Patek Philippe evolved into a company that was said to offer the best watches money could buy.


    To a growing prestige of the brand was added the watchmaker genius Adrian Philippe and the entrepreneurial capacity of Antoni Norbert de Patek, thereby strengthening the company’s reputation and patent after patent, innovation after innovation, Patek Philippe watches were synonymous of industry giants and aristocracy favorites. At the beginning of the 20th century, the watch industry began to change due to the arrival of the wrist watch. The advantages they presented over pocket watches were indisputable, and this fact was even more evident in the world of sports and during periods of war. In 1913 Patek Philippe watches introduced his first wristwatch with a leather strap, known as “Officer”. During the decade of the thirties, wristwatches were already a familiar and well-known object for the general public, so Patek Philippe made available to its customers a wide assortment of models (both men’s and women’s). The passage from the 1920s to the 1930s was affected worldwide by the Great Depression, which also hurt the company’s stability. In 1932, the Stern brothers, owners of the Stern Freres sphere production company, took over the company Patek Philippe, and made their recovery possible. During this time, Patek Philippe watches was the undisputed leader in miniaturizing complicated movements of pocket watches, adapting them to the size of wristwatches, thus anticipating new market demands. Chronographs, rattrapant chronographs, minute repetitions and perpetual calendars were produced by Patek Philippe regularly.


    Patek Philippe also experimented with box designs at this time, creating a large assortment of shapes and models such as cushion boxes, rectangular boxes, staggered boxes etc. In 1932, Patek Philippe created his first Calatrava model, with reference 96. Its minimalist and functional design came directly inspired by the Bauhaus school, and its name, from the Spanish religious order. After World War II, the fame of Patek Philippe watches continued to grow, not only for its quality, but for its innovative designs of models such as Top Hat (ref. 1450), Manta Ray (ref. 2554), Eiffel Tower ( ref. 2441) and Marilyn Monroe (ref. 2442). During these years, their dominance of the market in terms of complicated watches was evidenced in their chronographs. Based on the Valjoux 13 movement Patek Philippe introduced a series of chronographs highly desired by its customers: the iconic reference 130, the largest model with reference 530, the screw cap model ref. 1463 and the ratrapante model ref. 1436. As for his perpetual calendars, Patek Philippe introduced several references such as 1526, 2438 and reference 2497.

    As for more complex mechanism models, Patek Philippe produced chronographs with perpetual calendar (ref. 1518, ref. 2499). At this same time, the brand launched a world time clock with reference 1415 and later ref. 2523. In the late forties and early fifties new Calatrava models appeared, with larger boxes such as references 565 and 570. Subsequently references 2508 and 2509 appeared. The invention by Patek Philippe in the decade of the 50 of the mechanism “Gyromax Balance” led directly to the creation of the first clock with automatic loading of the house: the Calatrava ref. 2526


    Later automatic models appeared with a perpetual calendar like references 3448 and 3450. In the sixties, the great Swiss watchmakers eagerly sought a single and common objective: precision. This search culminated with the arrival of the quartz mechanism watches, and Patek Philippe watches presented its own models in the 1970s that were referenced 3587 and 3603 and mounted the famous Beta 21 caliber. Some large Swiss watchmakers such as Rolex and Audemars Piguet They began to have great success due to the launch of stainless steel sports models. This fact created a strong competition and made Patek Philippe forced to launch a new model that met these characteristics. The emblematic “Nautilus” model was born then ref. 3700.


    In the early eighties, the production of the model with ref. 2499 and in 1985 the models with perpetual calendar were introduced ref. 3940 and perpetual calendar with chronograph ref. 3970. In 1989 Patek Philippe celebrated its 150th anniversary by launching the 89 caliber, considered the most complex caliber in the world. From its beginnings to the present day, Patek Philippe has been at the peak of watchmaking. His continuous innovations in mechanics and design continue to excite collectors and lovers of haute horlogerie around the world.

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