World auction record for any timepiece

Patek Philippe No. 198.385 The Henry Graves Supercomplication

Circa 1933

Price: US$ 11 million

New York, December 1999 - lot details

Patek Philippe No. 198.385 was created in 1933 for New York financier Henry Graves Jr.,

who commissioned it directly from the Genevan watchmaker. This exquisite gold pocket watch

took three years to design and five years to produce; it is seen as one of the most complicated

portable timepieces ever made. Comprising over 900 parts, its mechanism achieves 24 different

horological complications through the unique frequency of the balance. The “Supercomplication”

was auctioned along with 80 other timepieces from the Time Museum in Rockford, IL, an institution

dedicated to the exhibition of technological advancements in the history of time measurement.


Patek Philippe: The Henry Graves Jr. 18k Yellow Gold Tonneau Minute Repeating Wristwatch

Movement 97589

Price: US$ 3 million

New York, June 2012 - lot details

This exceptional wristwatch is likely the earliest minute repeating wristwatches manufactured by

Patek Philippe and a key piece from the renowned collections of Henry Graves Jr. and Reginald H. Fullerton

—Henry Graves's grandson. Buyers from all over the world competed to own part of this historic watch

collection resulting in a "white glove" auction (100% sold) and a final price of $3 million for the remarkable

minute-repeating wristwatch — the highest price ever achieved for a wristwatch at Sotheby's.


Patek Philippe, No. 868.346 Retailed by Asprey

1952, Ref. 2499, Series I

Price: US$ 1.8 million

Geneva, November 2006 - lot details

This gold perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phases was retailed by Asprey,

Britain's world famous luxury lifestyle house. As one of the only 40 yellow gold timepieces

from this series and period, it is an exceptionally rare and highly-collectible piece.


Cartier, A Magnificent and Unique Silver, Onyx and Nephrite Eight-Day Five-Time-Zone Desk Clock

Price: US$ 1.6 million

New York, December 2007 - lot details

This historic Cartier clock was given as a personal gift to President Franklin Delano

Roosevelt by Pierre Cartier.The eight-day five-time-zone desk clock, circa 1943, is not

only an important presidential object, but also a time-keeping masterpiece, made of

onyx with nephrite and silver accents and containing dial displays for keeping time

in all important strategic locations for the Allied forces in World War II. The clock sparked

an intense bidding war between two telephone participants, finally exceeding its US $1 million

high estimate to achieve US$ 1.6 million, a record for a Cartier clock at auction.


John and James Harrison, A Historically Significant Ebonized Precision Longcase Clock

English, Circa 1726

Price: US$ 1.6 million

New York, October 2004 - lot details

This unique clock was sold in the fourth and final auction of the Masterpieces of the Time

Museum, offered at Sotheby’s over the course of five years. The high-precision tall-case

regulator was one of the three made in the 1720s by John and James Harrison.  It is probably

the earliest precision regulator produced by the Harrison brothers and achieved a landmark

price amidst competitive bidding in the 2004 Sotheby’s New York auction.