The Extremely Rare Patek Philippe Advanced Research- Watch Sell

Watch Sell

Watch Sell

I have done many posts regarding luxury watches in the past; many of the watches I cover such as the Rolex Submariner, Omega Speedmaster or Breitling Chronomat cost $5,500 to $10,000 new. One type of watch that I have only touched upon but really have not covered are the super-luxury watches which often start at $75,000 and can climb up to $200,000. These tend to derive their high price from their extremely precise movements, which are seen by some as works of art. These type of super-luxury watches are crafted painstakingly by hand, have impeccable craftsmanship and many times are not adorned with diamonds or gems.

One such super-luxury watch is the Patek Philippe Advanced Research 5250, this is truly a work of art. Blending spectacular artistry and technical innovation, this watch was a very limited production with only 100 ever being made. In 2005 Patek Philippe was testing out a revolutionary escape wheel (the part of a watch’s movement where the timekeeping element is derived from) that was made from Silicium, the first time this material was placed in a watch. Silicium is anti-magnetic, super-smooth, nearly twice as hard as steel, three times lighter and highly corrosion resistant. What makes this material even more amazing is the fact that the faces of the Silicium wheel never need to be lubricated. This was a very experimental watch for Patek Philippe and an internal decision was made to only release a “test run” of 100 pieces. Watch Sell.

Patek Philippe has released newer models that have incorporated and refined this technology, such as Ref. 5350 and Ref. 5450. But for collectors those 100 originals are highly sought after pieces and part of watch history. The Advanced Research 5250 is currently estimated to be worth $120,000.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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