Making A €2.3m Watch


A mini doc showing the construction from scratch of a Patek Philippe 5175R Grandmaster Chime Watch – an immensely detailed 175th anniversary timepiece (based on the 1933 Henry Graves Supercomplication pocket watch.

The 5175R was first released in 2014 priced at €2,300,000 but is probably worth considerably more now.


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19 thoughts on “Making A €2.3m Watch

  1. Spaghetti Hoop

    If you’re buying a watch, don’t consider anything but swiss. And spend as much as you can afford.

  2. Liam Deliverance

    Dear Santa,

    I was a good boy most of the year and I would like a Patek Philippe 5175R Grandmaster Chime Watch, a selection box and a surprise.

    Thank You,

  3. Rob_G

    For a website that regularly gets its knickers in a twist of things like aspirational property supplements, you sure don’t mind publishing things about staggeringly expensive boats, watches, or cars.

    1. Rob_G

      but anyhow – meh, I have a phone that cost ca. €200 that keeps better time. Plus it doesn’t weigh down your wrist and it does all of the other things that phones do, too.

      1. Spaghetti Hoop

        Arra Rob, does your wedding ring weigh down your finger? A phone will never keep better time because phones lose charge. Can’t understand people rummaging around looking for their phone for to find out the time when you can get it instantly with a wristwatch. The’ right’ wristwatch could possibly get you much more, wha?!

        1. Rob_G

          In fact I probably would not be bothered with a wedding band either :)

          I spend most of my working day in front of a computer, so I know what time it is in the office. When not working, I often need to check my phone for other things, so check the time then as well. Seems like an awful lot of wrist ballast for something I would need to check about twice per day.

      2. Gearóid

        Ah, Rob, you never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely take care of it for the next generation.

        1. Rob_G

          Watches, like rotary telephones, will probably be incomprehensible to the next generation.

          If my kids are anything like their father, they would probably prefer the cash :)

  4. Paulus

    Yes; hugely impressive; but I’m reminded of the gent at the bar who’s ostentatiously checking the time on his very expensive watch so as to show it off.
    A guy sits up next to him asks the time:
    Gent replies, with a flourish; “It’s just 9:47.”
    Guy looks at his ten-quid Casio and says; “Yep, same here”.

    1. Tom

      And everyone in the bar cheered!
      What a dreadful story. A watch is a piece of jewelery that also performs a useful function.

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