We have just learned that the Henry Graves Jr. Patek Philippe minute repeating wristwatch is coming up for sale again as a part of the November 11 sale at Christie's Geneva a press release will be going out later today.
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This watch is the stuff of horological legends and it hitting the block is easily one of the most important events of , as far as watches are concerned. Not only did this watch belong to arguably the most important collector of the 20th century — no, it is also the first known minute repeating w ristwatch from Patek Philippe.
Yes, ever. It comes with a bit of additional auction history too, so let's get into it. The right flank of the watch shows the minute repeater slide and the bit of tarnishing to the case.
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In case you're not familiar, Henry Graves Jr. He was also one of the most die-hard watch collectors of all time, and, depending on who you ask, some people will argue that he and James Ward Packard are basically responsible for keeping Patek Philippe in business during the lean years of the Great Depression.
In he took delivery of a unique, tonneau-shaped yellow gold wristwatch, the first ever from Patek Philippe to feature a minute repeater. It has an elegant gold dial with printed Breguet numerals and his family crest engraved on the back. It's slim, elegant, and about as low-key-cool as it gets.
If the better-known Henry Graves Jr. Supercomplication is a horological supercar, this is a classic pre-war coupe. For me, it doesn't get much better more on that below.
We take multi-million dollar auction results for granted today, but that was an astonishing sum back then. The fact that it's coming back up for sale is somewhat surprising, since these aren't the sorts of watches that often leave collections. However, with the recent surge in prices for watches with provenance it does make a bit more sense.
Don't worry, we'll have plenty of more coverage for you on this one, both in the lead up to the auction and after the hammer falls. This watch is an important one for me.
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