Patek Philippe is a name that resonates with a legacy of timeless craftsmanship, exquisite design, and uncompromising luxury. Established in the 19th century, the famed brand has consistently represented the very pinnacle of Swiss watchmaking, a reputation celebrated around the world.
This renown and celebrated status, as well as the commitment to exceedingly high standards, ensures that, for the most part, the price of Patek Philippe watches can be high — even amongst other luxury watch brands.
However, if you’re on the lookout for the cheapest Patek Philippe watches: an entry level into this world of luxury, there are options out there if you know where to look.
Patek Philippe Background
One of the most distinguished Swiss watchmakers out there, Patek Philippe was founded in 1839 by Antoine Norbert de Patek and François Czapek, with pivotal involvement also coming from Adrien Philippe. The Patek Philippe brand is founded on consistently pushing the boundaries of innovation in luxury watchmaking.
The brand motto, “You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation,” is intended to highlight the passion Patek Philippe has when it comes to creating watches with both longevity and heritage in mind.
This commitment to excellence, consistency, and longevity ensures that every single Patek Philippe watch embodies a storied history of superior craftsmanship that has been passed down through the generations. This is what captivates and inspires collectors, enthusiasts, admirers, and beyond, and will continue to do so for years to come.
For a deeper dive into the Patek Philippe background, explore our dedicated blog tracing the brand’s journey from inception to its esteemed position today.
What Are The Cheapest Patek Philippe Watches on the Market?
Patek Philippe is world-renowned for its vast catalogue of luxury timepieces. As a result, even the most affordable Patek Philippe’s, such as Twenty-4, Calatrava, and Aquanaut models, will still be considered ‘high-end’. Picking up one of these models will likely set you back tens of thousands of pounds.
Some of the most entry level, cheapest Patek Philippe watches on the market, ideal for anybody wanting to experience the height of luxury without needing to break the bank, include:
Cheapest Patek Philippe Calatrava
The Patek Philippe Calatrava collection offers a gateway into the world of understated luxury, while remaining one of the more affordable options within the brand’s portfolio.
Despite this, the cheapest Patek Philippe Calatrava still exudes the design excellence and signature craftsmanship that has made Patek Philippe so celebrated and beloved to this very day.
Calatrava watches boast a classic round case and minimalistic dials. These understated design features make this collection an ideal choice for appreciators of subtle luxury items.
From new, prices for watches of this model can start upwards of £10,000. When you consider that the priciest Patek Philippe watches can attract eight figure price tags, the modesty of this figure becomes more obvious. In fact, a majority of the most expensive watches ever sold in auction have been Patek Philippe, with nine of the top ten priciest watches sold being from the Swiss matchmaker, including the top two — which sold for just under £20 million and more than £24 million respectively.
Cheapest Patek Philippe Aquanaut
The Patek Philippe Aquanaut was initially conceived to meet the demand for a sportier and more casual luxury wristwatch. While the brand is known for high-end, traditional timepieces, in the late 1990s, the need for a more casual, more accessible watch was clear.
Patek Philippe is famed for producing some of the most complex and exclusive watches in the world, with many of their timepieces holding price tags in the six or seven-figures. As a result, when compared to some of these more illustrious models, the Patek Philippe Aquanaut can be seen as a more accessible, entry level watch.
It offers a more approachable entry point into the Patek Philippe brand for lovers and appreciators of master craftsmanship. It is ideal for people who desire a luxury, high-end timepiece but may not be able to invest in one of the very top-range watches in the brand’s collection.
The cheapest Patek Philippe Aquanaut on the market will generally retail for around £25,000.
Entry Level Twenty-4 Watches
From the very first moment the Patek Philippe Twenty-4 collection was released, it proved to be an immediate hit. This model was designed with young women in mind, people who want an everyday timepiece that they will be able to wear twenty-four hours of the day, without ever seeming out of place — hence the name.
The Twenty-4 collection was created to be as much an item of jewellery and a statement as it was to merely tell the time. This, alongside its art deco inspired design, and entry-level price point, has established Twenty-4 watches as a sustained hit. An excellent all-rounder, it also manages to hold its value well regardless of the trends of the season — making it an excellent investment.
Affordable Patek Philippe Calatrava
If you’re searching for the cheapest Patek Philippe watches on the market, the Calatrava collection has some highly accessible models and price points on offer, particularly when compared to some of the brand’s more complex and exclusive models.
Known for their elegant and timeless design, Patek Philippe Calatrava watches are often seen as an entry point into the Patek Philippe ‘family’. The cost of these watches will vary significantly based on factors such as the specific model, materials used, and the complications. While some Patek Philippe watches can go for anything from hundreds of thousands of pounds to millions of pounds, there are Calatrava models with a relatively more affordable price tag.
Cheap Patek Philippe Nautilus
For anybody on the lookout for the cheapest Patek Philippe watches, a way to get into the market for less. your mind may not immediately be drawn to a Nautilus. And while yes, even a ‘cheap’ Patek Philippe Nautilus is still an extremely high-end, masterfully crafted work of art, with a price tag that reflects this; there can be some excellent options on the second-hand market.
If you have your heart set on finding a cheap Patek Philippe Nautilus, you might want to consider second-hand/vintage options, which can sometimes be found at a much lower price compared to brand-new releases. However, Patek Philippe Nautilus watches are renowned for retaining their value — so not all models, even second hand, are available at a cut price.
Luxury For Any Budget: Shop Affordable Patek Philippe Watches at Blowers Jewellers
When talking about one of the most revered brands in the industry, even the cheapest Patek Philippe’s offer near-unparalleled luxury. However, if you know where to look, there are doorways to this world that can allow you to join this exclusive club for a little bit less. If you dream about an affordable Patek Philippe watch to add to your collection, you’re in luck.
At Blowers Jewellers, we have a wide variety of second-hand Patek Philippe’s. Many of these models represent an accessible entry point for anybody desiring a slice of enduring luxury. While ‘cheap’ may not be a word you often associate with Patek Philippe, the allure of the brand’s world-class catalogue could be within reach.
Our experts have years of experience in helping to pair watch-lovers with their ideal timepiece. So, whether you are a collector looking to add a dream piece, or somebody looking to start your collection in style, get in touch today.