The 15 Most Expensive Watches Of All-Time

Most Expensive Watches

In the world of high powered finance, fast cars and world wide travel, the rich stay in the most luxurious hotels at beautiful, exotic locations.  A fine watch is no exception, a high quality watch shows the most exquisite taste and style of the rich and famous.  Here are a few examples of the top luxury watches for sale, in terms of style, design and price, as well as build quality. The following are a list of the world’s most expensive watches.

Split Seconds Patek Philippe Reference 1436 By Tiffany & Co

14. Split Seconds Patek Philippe Reference 1436 By Tiffany & Co. –  $214,000

This fine timepiece boldly displays the Tiffany & Co. name, one would think this watch will be very expensive. Compared to the other watches displayed here it is less than many of the other watches. Of course $200 grand is nothing to sneeze at, this is an amazing timepiece.

Rolex Submariner

13. Rolex Submariner –  $234,000

During their lifetime, just about everyone who is anyone has worn, or owned a Rolex Submariner. The amazing feature about this time piece, is that it is self winding, submersible and has a stainless steel bracelet.

Ulysse Nardin Triplejack Minute Repeater

12. Ulysse Nardin Triplejack Minute Repeater – $340,000

It may be crazy, but this stunning watch seems to hold some deep, dark, secret that only 007 can uncover. Perhaps it the three Jacks “hammering the bells to separate the minutes from the hours.” Even though it costs more than a Ferrari, it just seems less complicated. Did you ever just want to tell time with your watch?

The Richard Mille Tourbillon

11. The Richard Mille Tourbillon – $400,000

This watch is reminiscent of the ever popular skeleton watch. Many watches feature the more modern element, but few have the modern design of this watch. The Richard Mille Tourbillon is created from aluminum and titanium, it make the perfect compliment to go with that new Ferrari you just bought. Goes for a cool $525,00012) Jaeger-LeCoultre Gyrotourbillon 1 This fascinating little gem of a watch has numerous complications, but also comes with a tourbillon. A tourbillon is simply an anti gravity device that is mounted on your wrist. Basically they prevent gravity from interfering with the accuracy of the timepiece. Most tourbillon watches have one axis anti-gravity, while this one contains two.

AP Royal Oak Grande Complication

10. AP Royal Oak Grande Complication – $560,000

Audemars Piquet Royal Oak Grande Complication is another amazing watch that comes with a perpetual calendar that is accurate until long after you will no longer be alive. It has many of the same complications as several other similar watches (a perpetual calendar, minute repeater, split second chronograph,) but offers them in a way which doesn’t require a hundred page instruction manual just to figure it out.

Patek Philippe Ref 5016P

9. Patek Philippe Ref 5016P – $850,000

This fabulous watch is the second most sophisticated wristwatch that Patek has produced. It has no less than 506 tiny parts. This outstanding watch represents a milestone in timepiece design. It features a minute repeater, a tourbillon, a perpetual calendar, a moon phase display, leap year indicators etc.. The case comes in either gold or platinum.

Vacheron Tour de l’Ile

8. Vacheron Tour de l’Ile – $1,250,000

Vacheron has been making watches since 1755. It is considered to be the oldest manufacturer in existence. After 250 years they can create better watches that outshine the competition. It has two faces and plenty of complications that make it a unique timepiece.

Franck Muller The Afternitas Mega 4

7. Franck Muller The Afternitas Mega 4 – $2,400,000

This gorgeous timepiece has multiple complications, an automatic movement, and an eternal calendar that follows a cycle of 1000 years.

The Piaget Emperador Temple

6. The Piaget Emperador Temple – $3,300,000

This fantastic watch contains over 1200 ziggurat diamonds on it. It is a one of a kind and it sold the moment it was unveiled to the public.

Louis Moinet Meteoris Watch

5. Louis Moinet Meteoris Watch – $4,600,000

There are a total of 4 exquisite pieces in this group. Each of the watches depicts a meteorite; Tourbillon Asteroid, Tourbillon Mars, Tourbillon Moon, and the Tourbillon Rosetta Stone.

The Patek Caliber 89

4. The Patek Caliber 89 – $5,120,000

This amazing watch was a commemorative pocket watch that was made in 1989, as part of the 150th anniversary celebration. Even the creator Patek Philippe, claimed that it was the most complicated watch ever created.It includes a total of 1,728 parts, 24 hands and weighs1.1kg. It even includes a start chart and a thermometer. It was 5 years of development and research, and then 4 more years to manufacture the watches. Only 4 watches were ever created. One in rose gold, one in white gold, one in yellow gold and one in platinum.

The Breguet Marie Antoinette

3. The Breguet Marie Antoinette – $8,000,000

This watch was reported to have been designed by Breguet himself. It comes with no less than 823 parts. It features a minute repeater, equation of time, bimetallic thermometer, perpetual calendar, power reserve indicator, and more. This amazing timepiece was 44 years in the making, as sadly, both Marie Antoinette and Breguet died before it was completed. The original watch disappeared and was never seen again. A reproduction was created, and it was rumored that Breguet had received offers of eight figures but he refused to sell.

The Patek Philippe Henry Graves Pocket Watch

2. The Patek Philippe Henry Graves Pocket Watch – $11,000,000

This stunning beauty of a timepiece is made of 18 karat gold in 1933 for a banker named Henry Graves Jr. It took a total of 5 years to finish and comes with 24 mechanical functions.

Chopard 201 Carat Watch

1. Chopard 201 Carat Watch – $25,000,000

This amazing timepiece has no less than 874 diamonds and accordingly, it sold in 2000 for the stunning amount.

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