A one-of-a-kind Patek Philippe from 1943 realised the second-ever highest auction price for a wristwatch at the Christie's sale of Important Watches held in Geneva, on May 10.
According the Christie's the watch sold for CHF 6,259,000 ($5,708,885), including buyer's premium. The sale also makes it the all-time most valuable yellow-gold wristwatch sold at auction.
Stamped with the Geneva seal, the 18k gold perpetual calendar chronograph's features include Moon phases and a tonneau-shaped case. It is signed Patek Philippe & Co.
Billed as "unique and historically important," the watch's final price more than doubled its pre-auction estimate of roughly $1.4m-2.25m.
The successful Christie's auction - whose total sales grossed 23,133,362 CHF (more than $20m) - was the first time in 20 years that the 37.6 mm diameter watch had appeared on the market.
Antiquorum, another leading auctioneer based in Geneva, can still claim the World Record price for a wristwatch. It sold a Patek Philippe for the now-equivalent of $6.6m in 2002.
Meanwhile, the auction record for the most expensive auctioned timepiece ever sold is held by a pocket watch: the Patek Philippe Supercomplication. It brought $11m at Sotheby's in 1999.
All price translations are shown in US dollars.
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