The Henry Graves Supercomplication re-established its supreme status as the most valuable timepiece in auction history, selling CHF 23.2 million ($24 million / €19.3 million / £15.1 million), thereby beating the record of $11 million it established in 1999. Five bidders competed for this masterpiece of horology which went to an anonymous buyer in the room after 15 minutes of suspense. Completed by Patek Philippe in 1933 and estimated in excess of CHF 15 million, The Henry Graves Supercomplication is the most famous watch in the world and the most complicated watch ever made by human hands - without computer-assisted technology. Tonight’s record bid brought the total of the Important Watch auction to an outstanding CHF 31,603,375 ($32,618,159 / EUR 26,270,011 / £20,584,475).
This season, Sotheby’s is paying tribute to the 175th anniversary of the distinguished watch manufacturer Patek Philippe with the sale of the world famous and unique Henry Graves Supercomplication. Further highlights of the auction include a variety of Patek Philippe models, among which the iconic reference 3448, which features a case back engraved with the national emblem of the sultanate of Oman. Rolex is also well represented, including a stunning Ref. 8171 in stainless steel. Our Geneva November sale will be the perfect occasion for collectors worldwide to find the largest selection in all horological fields.
To view full cataloguing of the Henry Graves Jr. Supercomplication, please visit page 253 in the digital format of our print catalogue.