Possibly unique Patek Philippe replica watches for sale just became impossibly pricey.
The AAA UK fake watches in question, known as Ref. 3974, sparked a bidding war between 20 collectors at the Phillips Hong Kong watch auction over the weekend, before hammering for a hefty $2.5 million. That’s three times the pre-sale high estimate of $829,000 and a new world record for the reference.
Launched in 1989, Ref. 3974 was considered the most technically sophisticated high quality replica watches of the time. The self-winding wristwatch is equipped with a minute repeater, a perpetual calendar, 24-hour indication and phases of the moon. It’s exceedingly rare, too, with only around 16 made in total.
Rarer still is this particular example. Billed as “possibly” one-of-a-kind by the auction house, it sports a yellow-gold case crafted by legendary casemaker Jean-Pierre Hagmann. It’s also been extensively customized by the Swiss watchmaker. The black lacquer dial, for instance, features a Calatrava Cross for the luxury copy watches, italicized calendar indications and gold Breguet numerals to match the case.
This wasn’t the only record-breaking Patek at the auction, either. Best replica Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5723 watches with the prestigious double stamp by Tiffany & Co. and 4 carats worth of rubies sold for $1.45 million to set a new world record for the model in gold. It’s also the second-highest price ever paid for any Nautilus. (Top place, of course, belongs to Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5711 super clone watches shop site with the coveted Tiffany Blue dial, which sold for $5.35 million at Phillips New York last December.)