''In mint condition, this beautiful 18 carat gold timepiece boasts a white enamel dial with minutes marked by beautiful Roman numerals, powered by world-class mechanical movement. Its lid was designed with scrolling foliage on the front and was signed Patek Philip & Co. Geneva, on the back “She came in her case with a second glass and a certificate of manufacture dated 1880.''

Patek Philippe is one of the highest sought-after and prestigious brands in the history of watchmaking. In 1851 Polish watchmaker, Antoni Patek, and French watchmaker, Adrien Philippe, founded the company and together they pioneered the perpetual calendar, split-second hands, chronograph and minute repeater in watches.

The world record for the most expensive watch ever sold at auction was set Sotheby's in 2014 with the sale of the Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication. When the hammer came down in September 2014 at Sotheby's Geneva, an anonymous buyer had paid 23 237 000 Swiss Francs, the equivalent to $24 million at the time.

So it was no surprise that the seller of this Patek Philippe  caught the eye of an auctioneer through Barnebys appraisal service and was contacted by online auctioneers, Expertisez.com.

Expertisez and the consignor wasted no time, the pocket watch was placed in a sale with an estimate of €1 500 - €2 000 and was sold on April 13, 2016 for €2 500, including buyer's premium.

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