A Patek Philippe wristwatch just sold for $31 million USD in Geneva as part of the Christie’s-held charity Only Watch auction to benefit research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy, becoming the most expensive watch ever auctioned. The Patek Philippe in question is a steel Grandmaster Chime Ref. 6300A-010 created specifically for the event, and completely crushed the previous record set by a Rolex Daytona once owned by Paul Newman, which fetched $17.7 million USD at the time.
While other units of the same Grandmaster Chime model exists, the one sold is the only piece crafted in stainless steel. With 20 complications, it carries a grande and petite sonnerie, a minute repeater, a 24-hour and minute subdial, an instantaneous perpetual calendar along with a four-digit year display, and even a second time zone. Most significantly, the salmon dial can be flipped over and reversed to reveal another dial in black, complementing any outfit the owner — who has elected to remain anonymous — may be wearing.
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Today’s Only Watch auction raised a total of CHF38,593,000 for research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The sale included a Patek Philippe, which realised the historic amount of CHF31,000,000: https://t.co/GnG6kvX6S0 pic.twitter.com/wiDr3iruzC
— Christie’s (@ChristiesInc) November 9, 2019