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From now through September 2nd, eBay is having a special event to highlight the assortment of available Patek Philippe watches with some select offerings at up to a 10% discounted rate. There are more than 100 Patek Philippe watches available at current count, and there are some on offer that you won’t see every day from the brand.
This includes the Patek Philippe steel sport watch not named Nautilus or Aquanaut (though there are several of those) in the absolutely fascinating Patek Philippe “Sculpture” Ref. 5091. There’s also an example of the steel Patek Philippe watch from the 1960s, which has lugs that are completely removable from the case.
Before we get to the watches, a bit of Patek Philippe trivia. Do you know how Patek Philippe makes sure the few limited-edition watches it has produced remain limited? Well, the brand destroyed the tools necessary to build the unique cases of pieces like the Ref. 5100 (a watch that has one of the longest power reserves the brand ever produced at 240 hours, or 10 days) or the heavily Art Deco-inspired Pagoda Ref. 5500.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at six rare, unusual, and hard-to-find Patek Philippe watches.
This unusual reference from Patek Philippe was introduced in 1998, specifically with the Russian market in mind. There were 2,700 Sculpture watches produced, and only 300 were done in this stainless steel and black military-style dial variant.
Looking at the case, you can see family DNA in this flamboyant cousin of the Nautilus. The 37.5 mm-wide, 10.1mm-thick steel case with the “dog ear” on the left side of the case and a unique crown guard on the right. The highly decorated integrated bracelet is unique to this Patek Philippe, as well, and each link has engraved contour work.
The watch features the automatic caliber 315 SC movement, which has a quick-date and 45-hour power reserve.
The Patek Philippe Sculpture Ref. 5091 steel watch with this distinct all-steel case and matte black dial is likely one of the last “hidden jewels” in the brand’s long catalog and we have one example of it available.
While on the topic of the brand’s other steel sport watch collections, this women’s Patek Philippe Neptune in a 27mm-wide steel case is a fantastic example, as well. With an absolute masterpiece of a bezel and bracelet, this salmon dial is one the more value-driven rare Patek Philippe’s we have available.
This is a rare 1960’s model, both because it’s a steel watch from Patek Philippe, but more obviously due to the fact that it was built to have removable lugs. This unusual and unique build allows for a metal ring around the 34mm-wide case to be unscrewed and removed, allowing either leather strap or steel bracelet to be attached. Of course, this is a patented method.
This reference is also noteworthy because it debuted the caliber 27-AM 400, which was a newly anti-magnetic movement for Patek Philippe. This is certainly one of the most unusual and quirky Patek Philippe watches out there, and we currently have one example of it available.
To celebrate the new millennium in 2000, Patek Philippe released the Ref. 5100, a manual-wind rectangular watch that was inspired by the 1950’s Patek Philippe Ref. 2554, aka the “Manta Ray.” This watch is outfitted with the twin-barrel cal. 28-20/220 movement that was the first rectangular movement by Patek Philippe for what had been 50 years since the time of its release.
Beyond its impressive 10-day power reserve, the case of the Ref. 5100 has an immediately distinctive winged rectangular Gondola case that measures 34mm-wide and 45mm-long. Patek Philippe produced 3,000 pieces of this watch in total, with the breakdown being 1,500 in yellow gold, 750 in pink gold, 450 in white gold, and 300 in platinum.
Patek Philippe makes very few watches, in general, and do not often make limited editions. To make sure the “limited” part stays that way, Patek Philippe destroyed some of the necessary tools that are needed to produce this unique case.
Rewinding back to 1997, Patek Philippe was celebrating the opening of a new manufacture in Geneva and launched the limited edition Pagoda watch, a rectangular watch with a strong Art Deco inspiration. A profile view of the totally unique case makes the “Pagoda” reference quite clear with its arched style. The watch also somewhat cinches towards the center and flares outward towards the top and bottom of the case, similar to the ref. 2441 it is inspired by.
Patek Philippe created four Pagoda cases with 1,100 pieces done in yellow gold with a light gold dial, 500 pieces in rose gold with silver dial, 250 pieces in white gold with salmon dial, and 150 pieces in platinum with a black dial. We currently have one example of the rose gold case with silver dial available.
The final and most recent Patek Philippe in this rundown is this 2017 World Time that was dedicated to New York City, the site of their Art of Watches Grand Exhibition that year. There were only 300 pieces of this 38.5mm wide white gold piece that was exclusively sold in the United States.
The engraved dial is done with an image of the Manhattan skyline in the center. We currently have one of the 300 pieces available.
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