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Patek Philippe: A History

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Antoni Norbert Patek and Adrien Philippe founded Patek Philippe & Co.  in 1851.  Patek was already an established pocket watch maker and Philippe was the inventor of the keyless winding mechanism.  This unique combination of skill sets led to the creation of a company that makes exquisite timepieces.

Patek Philippe, like most luxury watch companies, manufacture mostly automatic and manual winding watches.  There watches are some of the most expensive on the market.  Their value is so high because of the incredible craftsmanship that goes in to each piece.  With some watches having incredibly complicated chronograph movements the utmost precision must take place.  Patek Philippe watches are also known for lasting from generation to generation.

Unlike most luxury watch companies, Patek Philippe manufactures its own movements.  A lot of times luxury watch companies get their movements from an outside company instead of making it themselves.  Patek Philippe believes in making their own.


1889 – patent for “Perpetual Calender Mechanism” for pocket watches

1902 – patent for “Split-Seconds Chronograph”

1916 – first complicated ladies wristwatch

1925 – first watch produced with a perpetual calander

1932 – Patek Philippe is sold to Jean and Charles Stern.  Also the first watch from the Calatrava collection is produced

1941 – regular production of perpetual calendar watches

1953-1956 – patents for self-winding mechanisms

1959-1962 – patents for time-zone watches

1968 – introduction of the Ellipse collection

1976 – introduction of the Nautilus sport watch collection

1993 – introduction of the Gondolo collection

1996 – patent for “annual calendar” mechanism

1999 – introduction of the ladies twenty-4 collection

by, Seth at Raymond Lee Jewelers, a watch repairs and watch sellers.

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