The Cheapest Patek Philippe Watches
Watch & Bullion3 April 2018 | 7 min read
Last updated in 2020
One of the oldest and most established watch manufacturers on the globe, Patek Philippe have been trailblazing the way forward in luxury Swiss watches since 1851. The watchmaker’s watchmaker, the brand has cemented itself as true timekeeping royalty over the last 150 years with some of the most glamorous and intricate pieces of precision engineering on the market.
Originally the coming together of Antoni Patek and Adrien Philippe in 1845, this legendary watch powerhouse has created a number of hall of fame watch pieces, gaining some very powerful and popular fans on the way. Patek Philippe is the watch of choice for a number of high reigning monarchs including the British, Danish and Italian heads of state. 150 years on, the organisation is now owned and ran by the Swiss Stern Family; but Patek Philippe shows no sign of letting up on it’s throne at the top of the luxury timepiece market, often reinventing it’s classic pieces for the modern timekeeping trends.
As you can imagine with the prestige of a brand such as Patek Philippe, these pieces don’t often come cheap. But don’t worry – we’re going to take a look at the current Patek Philippe collection to see if you can get your hands on a piece of the Swiss luxury, without having to be part of a royal family. If you’re ready to go, let’s take a look at our first piece…..
Patek Philippe Calatrava
If you’re looking to grab yourself a watch with the pure essence of everything Patek Philippe stands for in timekeeping, then look no further than the Calatrava. This piece has been a fan and critic favourite for multiple generations since it’s first launch in 1932 – bringing together a pure, rounded face with premium movements and precision.
The Calatrava has had many a facelift and upgrade since it’s first outing in the 30’s – over it’s 85 year life, variations have been seen in materials, chronography and strap design to give appeal to a whole range of watch fans.
Given that long and timeless history, there are many different Calatrava styles on the market. If you’re interested in one of the newer pieces, remodelled early this century, you’ll be starting at around £16,000. If you’re looking to venture into the pre owned market, you’re in luck! There are many different Calatrava variations to be found with the simplest specifications starting at around £4,000.
Update April 2020 – The Calatrava remains the staple entry level piece of the Patek Philippe range with some good deals to be had. Let’s take a case study – direct from PP, you’re still starting at £16,000 with the model pictured above, the 5196R, coming in at £17,300. Taking the same model to the pre-owned market, deals are commonly found around £13,500 giving a £4,000 saving. It still remains that the pre owned market is vast for the Calatrava, so shop around for bargains from £4,000.
Patek Philippe Gondolo
First released officially in 1993, the Gondolo collection has a pretty unique history. The name originally comes from Patek Philippe’s association with Brazilian retailer Gondolo & Labouriau, in Rio de Janiero, between 1902 and 1930. The Gondolo range incorporates some interestingly shaped watches that give them a distinct and unique look and feel within the market.
Many different versions of the Gondolo styling have been released through Patek Philippe’s long timeline, with the current range incorporating luxury with ‘art-deco’ design twists. Starting off brand new at around £24,000 the current Gondolo range is going to set you back substantially. If you’re happy to go for an older model, Gondolo’s can be found commonly online, pre owned at around £5,000.
Note – We’ve featured the 4927G model here, but the Gondolo range has real variation in design between models – try comparing the 7041R and the 7099G to see what we mean!
Like the look of the Gondolo? Check out the Watch & Bullion stock of Patek Philippe’s here.
Patek Philippe Nautilus
Since 1976, the Patek Philippe Nautilus has brought the classic styling and sophistication of the brand to those customers with a more active side. This elegant sports watch takes a porthole case construction and couples it with a stunning horizontally embossed dial to create the perfect watch for those on the go!
Originally designed in Stainless Steel, the Nautilus can now be commonly found in stunning Rose, White and Two-Tone Gold combinations whilst keeping the style and durability the range is known for. Again, the Nautilus has withstood the test of time and has a wide number of variations on the market, both new and preowned.
The starting price for a new Stainless Steel Nautilus are set around £22,000 when bought directly from Patek Philippe. For those on a slightly smaller budget, there are a huge number of pre owned models found on the market, typically beginning around the £6,000 mark.
If you love the way the Nautilus looks, but aren’t willing or able to spend that much cash, here are some Patek Nautilus alternatives to consider!
Update April 2020 – Good news Patek Philippe fans, if you’re wanting to get your hands on a Nautilius our check of the 2020 price has yielded some good results! That price for the entry level Stainless Steel piece (Model No. 7118/1A) has now dropped below £20K to £19,970. Pre owned prices have stayed pretty consistent though so still expect to pay £6,000 for an older model.
Patek Philippe Aquanaut
Following on from the sporty look and feel of the Nautilus, the Aquanaut, first released in 1997, caused a new wave of Patek Philippe fans to be born. With it’s young and modern octagon-shaped face, equipped with a durable ‘tropical’ strap, the Aquanaut brought a fresh feel to the classic stylings of Patek Philippe.
Made from a new composite material, the Aquanaut’s ultra-resistant strap repels the effects of salt water and UV radiation as well as being water resistant down to 120m. If you’re fancying taking a dip in the ocean but want to ensure your wrist is looking fantastic, the Aquanaut may be the watch for you!
If you’d like to grab your very own Aquanaut, the watch pictured above can be picked up brand new on Patek Philippe’s website for around £12,950. Being one of the newer pieces in the Patek Philippe collections, pre owned versions don’t offer a huge amount of reduction when it comes to price, but bargains are there to be found at around £10,000.
Patek Philippe Complications
The Complications range again has evolved and changed with the Patek Philippe brand since it’s conception in the 1800’s. Patek Philippe were one of the first brands to incorporate the perpetual calendar into their watches as well as the later addition of stunning moon-phase dial designs.
Given the complexities of incorporating these functions into a watch, the collection was amply named ‘Complications’ and remains an integral part of the Patek Philippe range right up to the present day.
With the sheer length of time the Complications range has been on the market, there are a range of different variations to suit any taste. Patek Philippe’s current range incorporate a variety of Yellow, Pink, Rose and White Gold models with a Platinum piece for those looking for something extra special. Brand new, these start at around £26,000 but are well worth the investment for a timeless Swiss classic.
For those on a smaller budget, there are a lot of pre owned models on the market. Again it all depends on which style takes your fancy but common deals can be found around £13,000.
For those of you looking for something a little extra still, Patek Philippe have extended the Complications range to include even more complex pieces under their new ‘Grand Complications’ range. We have a number of Grand Complications pieces in stock at Watch & Bullion, check them out here.
To Wrap Up….
Patek Philippe’s position at the top table of Swiss watchmaking is assured with many of their watches standing the test of time, being both commercially successful and critically acclaimed for much of the watchmakers 150 years in business. Whether you’re looking for a piece for those special occasions or to accompany your active lifestyle, Patek Philippe not only has something for you, but will ensure you’re always looking like royalty at the same time!
If you fancy getting your hands on a Patek Philippe, check out what we have in store currently at Watch & Bullion.