The World’s Most Famous Pocketwatch to Go Under the Hammer at Sotheby’s Auction House

The Rarest Watch in the World - The Henry Graves Super-complication
The Rarest Watch in the World – The Henry Graves Super-complication


Sotheby’s announced this past week that one of the rarest watches ever made by human-hands is going up for auction.

The illusive Henry Graves Supercomplication pocket-watch is going under the hammer November 14th in Geneva.

The watch, made by one of the best makers in the world, Patek Philippe made the rare timepiece in 1933. The watch is both the world’s most famous watch and also the most complicated watch ever made entirely by human hands.

The time piece only surfaced one other time in 1999, selling to the current owner for $11 million dollars. The auction of this superior timepiece is set to coincide with the 175th anniversary of Patek Philippe’s.

Sotheby’s is calling the watch the “Holy grail of all watches” and added “Our offering of this horological work of art in 1999 was unquestionably the highlight of our professional careers.”

This time around the watch is expected to fetch at least $16 million dollars, but in the world of high-powered hitters, the watch may well break any record there is for a rare timepiece.

The watch had been originally commissioned by New York Banker, Henry Graves in 1925. The research by Patek Philippe took three years to complete and another five years to work out the complicated movement.

The complications included in this superior watch are moon phases, power reserve, a perpetual calendar, including indications of sunset and sunrise times. The gold open-face minute repeater chronograph has Westminster Chimes along with a total of 24 horological complications.

The pocket-watch was considered the most-complicated-watch ever made for 56 years running. Today the watch is only surpassed by the use of computer-assisted technology.



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