Two very rare Patek Philippe timepieces set new records for their reference numbers. The Fall sales took place in Hong Kong.

The auction, titled: “Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces”, was held at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong hotel. There were 246 watches to go to the auction block that totaled more than $5,000,000 in value. Almost 80% of these watches by lot were sold and went for prices over their previously thought values by 16%.



The most extraordinary sale of the evening was the ULTRA rare Patek Philippe Ref 5104P platinum. The Patek Philippe platinum minute repeater perpetual retrograde skeleton watch, as many call it, sold for JUST under $800,000 ($799,655) after a very tense battle for this timepiece. This sale set a world record for the Patek Philippe 5104P.


Another Patek Philippe up for sale was the Patek Philippe 3939 tourbillon minute repeater. This particular watch had a special dial that was in pink gold. This watch is highly sought after by collectors and so it was originally slated to be the auction’s highest seller. This watch sold for a final price of $722,268. This was a fantastic new world record for the Patek Philippe 3939 tourbillon minute repeater with pink gold dial.



The third highest item going for sale was another stunning Patek timepiece – the Patek Philippe Ref. 6104G celestial diamond in 18K white gold with date, mean time indication, nocturnal sky chart of the Northern Hemisphere, moon phase & orbit indication, and finally, the time of the meridian passage of Sirius and moon. This beautiful watch sold for $422,622.

We look forward to seeing these beautiful Patek Philippe timepieces continue to break records as their values consistently rise as time passes. Maybe your next investment will be something you get to enjoy?

Fine timepieces from the likes of like Patek Philippe, Breguet, Blancpain, and Girard-Perregaux have evolved greatly over time. One such complication that came into being because of this technological evolution is the minute repeater. This grande complication allows one wearing wristwatches with the complication to make the timepiece chime the time. One can then not only see the time, but can also hear it played musically! This is all accomplished through a purely mechanical design and because of this it has been dubbed as the most extraordinary grande complication of fine timepieces. The engineering and complexity involved within such a timepiece make the minute repeater a brilliant demonstration of a watchmaker’s skill level and expertise.

Below are some of the most talked about minute repeater watches from brands like Patek Philippe, Breguet, and Girard-Perregaux. deBoulle Diamond & Jewelry is an authorized dealer of each of the watches shown in the photos below. If deBoulle can find you any more information about a particular timepiece or if you simply have questions about the watches please don’t hesitate to call: (214) 522 – 2400.


The featured watch above is the Breguet 5447pt/1e/9v6 in platinum.



Girard-Perregaux recently released the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Minute Repeater. The watch was officially released during SIHH 2012.

Girard-Perregaux E09-0001 movement

Mechanical manual winding

Power reserve: minimum100 hours

“Rounded” gold balance bridge, half-arrow type



In 2011, Patek Philippe unveiled the Patek Philippe Stainless Steel Minute Repeater Ref. 3939 at the Only Watch 2011 Charity Auction that benefited medical research for the Duchenne Muscular Distrophy. The auction of this fine timepiece took place on September 22nd and sold for €1.4 million or $1,838,480

Come back soon for more information and always make sure to see the list of brands for which deBoulle is an authorized dealer. Also, never forget to check our frequently updated pre-owned watch inventory!