Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication

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The Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication is one of the most complicated mechanical pocket watches ever created.wikipedia
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The 18-karat gold watch has 24 complications and was assembled by Patek Philippe.
In particular, Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication, the world's most complicated mechanical watch until 1989, currently holds the title of the most expensive watch ever sold at auction, reaching a final price of 24 million US dollars (23,237,000 CHF) in Geneva on November 11, 2014.

Complication (horology)

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The 18-karat gold watch has 24 complications and was assembled by Patek Philippe.
In particular, the Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication currently holds the title of the most expensive watch ever sold at auction, with a final price of 24 million US dollars (23,237,000 CHF) sold in Geneva on November 11th, 2014.

Henry Graves (banker)

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It was named after banker Henry Graves Jr who commissioned it out of his desire to outdo the Grande Complication pocketwatch of American automaker James Ward Packard.
It was called Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication.

Patek Philippe Calibre 89

The record was bested in 1989 when Patek Philippe released the Patek Philippe Calibre 89, but the Supercomplication remains the most complicated mechanical watch built without the assistance of computers.
Before Calibre 89, Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication (created in 1933) had been the world’s most complicated timepiece ever assembled with a total of 24 different functions.

List of most expensive watches sold at auction

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As of 2018, the Supercomplication currently holds the title of the most expensive watch ever sold at auction, with a final price of 24 million US dollars (23,237,000 CHF) sold in Geneva on November 11, 2014.
As of December 2018, the most expensive watch/pocket watch ever sold at auction is the Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication, reaching a final price of 23.98 million US dollars (23,237,000 CHF) in Geneva on November 11th, 2014.

Pocket watch

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The Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication is one of the most complicated mechanical pocket watches ever created.
Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication (1933) — 24 complications

James Ward Packard

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It was named after banker Henry Graves Jr who commissioned it out of his desire to outdo the Grande Complication pocketwatch of American automaker James Ward Packard.
In 1927, Packard commissioned the world's most complicated watch to never be outdone, but banker Henry Graves Jr. surpassed his rival in 1933 to become the owner of the most complicated watch ever made, spending 60,000 CHF, nearly five times the price paid by Packard.

Sotheby's

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The watch was held in the Rockford Time Museum until it was sold at Sotheby's for a record breaking $11,002,500 to an anonymous bidder in New York City on December 2, 1999.
On 11 November 2014, the Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication became the most expensive watch ever sold at auction, reaching a final price of 23.98 million US dollars (23,237,000 CHF) in Geneva on November 11th, 2014.

Reference 57260

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Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication (1933) — 24 complications

Fifth Avenue

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These included Westminster chimes, a perpetual calendar, sunrise and sunset times, and a celestial map of New York as seen from the Graves's apartment on Fifth Avenue.

United States dollar

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Henry Graves spent 60,000 Swiss francs (USD $15,000) when he commissioned it in 1925.

Swiss franc

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As of 2018, the Supercomplication currently holds the title of the most expensive watch ever sold at auction, with a final price of 24 million US dollars (23,237,000 CHF) sold in Geneva on November 11, 2014. Henry Graves spent 60,000 Swiss francs (USD $15,000) when he commissioned it in 1925.

Geneva

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As of 2018, the Supercomplication currently holds the title of the most expensive watch ever sold at auction, with a final price of 24 million US dollars (23,237,000 CHF) sold in Geneva on November 11, 2014.

Illinois

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In 1969, Mr. Fullerton sold the piece to Seth G. Atwood, founder of the "Time Museum" and an industrialist from Illinois, for US$200,000 (equal to some US$1.2 million today).

Rockford, Illinois

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After that, the watch had been kept in the Time Museum in Rockford, Illinois, one of the leading horological museums in the world, which was shut down in March 1999.

Museum of Science and Industry (Chicago)

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(From January 2001 through February 2004, the Time Museum collection was displayed at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, then sold.)

New York City

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The watch was held in the Rockford Time Museum until it was sold at Sotheby's for a record breaking $11,002,500 to an anonymous bidder in New York City on December 2, 1999.

House of Al Thani

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The owner was later known to be a member of the Qatari Royal Family, Sheikh Saud bin Muhammed Al Thani.

Saud bin Muhammed Al Thani

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The owner was later known to be a member of the Qatari Royal Family, Sheikh Saud bin Muhammed Al Thani.

Equation of time

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Equation of time

Chronograph

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Chronograph

Watch

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As of 2018, the most expensive watch ever sold at auction is the Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication, which is the world's most complicated mechanical watch until 1989, reaching a final price of 24 million US dollars (23,237,000 CHF) in Geneva on November 11th, 2014.

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Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication