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Don’t you just love expensive watches?! I know I do!

Here’s a list of the 20 most expensive watches in the world.

Brace yourself… some of the prices are truly mesmerising!

 

The 20 Most Expensive Watches in the World

The list of most expensive watches and figures mentioned below have been compiled from various sources around the web, such as Man of Many & The Trend Spotter.

These are the 20 most expensive watches in the world:
 

20. Vacheron Constantin Tour de I’Ile – $1.5 Million

Most Expensive Watches - Vacheron Constantin Tour de I’Ile

Starting off of our list watches is the Vacheron Constantin Tour de I’Ile.

Priced around a cool $1.5 million, this watch, like most on our list, is only going to be attainable for a certain type of elite clientele.

The wristwatch was manufactured by Swiss manufacturer Vacheron Constantin and was released in 2005.

The release marked the manufacturer’s 250th anniversary. They only manufactured 7 limited edition pieces to maintain exclusivity.

Once dubbed “the most complicated wristwatch in the world”, the Although the Tour de l’Ile no longer holds that title but still demands an impressive price!
 

19. Lange & Söhne Grand Complication – $2.5 Million

Most Expensive Watches - Lange & Söhne Grand Complication

Making its debut in 2013, the Lange & Söhne Grand Complication is currently the brands most expensive watch.

Taking just over a year to make, the complicated wristwatch acquires its value from its multiple complications.

The watch has 876 intricate moving parts in total and is housed in a gold case. It measures 50mm in diameter and 20mm thick.

It has a moonphase perpetual calendar, a grande and petite sonnerie with minute repeater, and a split-second chronograph.

Not too shabby!

 

18. Franck Muller Aeternitas Mega 4 – $2.7 Million

Most Expensive Watches - Franck Muller Aeternitas Mega 4

Coming in at number 17 on our list of the most expensive watches in the world is the mindbogglingly complicated, Franck Muller Aeternitas Mega 4.

It holds the record for being the most complicated wristwatch in the world and features a staggering 1483 components, which is a world record.

The watch has an eternally renewable calendar that doesn’t need to be adjusted for 1000 years!

So, if you’re considering purchasing a watch of this calibre then dropping a cool $2.7 million might be worth it. 

 

17. Patek Philippe 1928 Single Button Chronograph – $3.6 Million

Most Expensive Watches - Patek Philippe 1928 Single Button Chronograph

Created in 1924, this gorgeous timepiece was previously the property of world-famous guitarist, Eric Clapton.

Made of 18kt white gold, the single button chronograph is also adorned with 28 different jewels.

The one of a kind dial also tells the current moon phase.

The quality and craftsmanship of the 1928 timepiece are evident in its 99-year existence.

 

16. Patek Philippe 5004T  – $3.9 Million

Most Expensive Watches - Patek Philippe 5004T

Breaking out of the 5004 discontinued series is the 5004T.

It was designed and built specifically for auction.

Compared to its more conventional counterparts, the 5004T has a more sporty look to it, thanks to its titanium body and contrast stitching.

However, don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s of lesser quality, as it’s still just as luxurious as all other Patek Philipe models. 

The watch got so much attention at auction, it created a bit of a bidding war!

 

15. Rolex Daytona Ref. 6263 Oyster Albino – $4 Million

Most Expensive Watches - Rolex Daytona Ref. 6263 Oyster Albino

Our first Rolex to be featured is the Rolex Daytona Ref. 6263 Oyster Albino. Its name originates from its distinctive white hue on its chronograph subdials.

Still one of Rolex’s most expensive watches, it features a stainless steel case and bracelet, and a Caliber 727.

Once owned by Eric Clapton, the watch demands such a high price due to its limited numbers.

Only four units were ever made!

 

14. Breguet Antique Number 2667 – $4.5 Million

Most Expensive Watches - Breguet Antique Number 2667

The first pocket watch to be featured on our list is the Breguet Antique Number 2667.

Sometimes, wearing a watch on your wrist might not be appropriate, so carrying a classicly designed pocket watch might be a better option.

Housed in 18kt yellow gold, the watch features two oscillating bodies mounted on an elegant dial.

Luxurious Sophistication meets traditional design!

 

13. Louis Moinet Meteoris – $4.6 Million

Most Expensive Watches - Louis Moinet Meteoris

The 13th most expensive watch on our list is just out of this world!

The Louis Moinet Meteoris is one of the rarest watches ever. Not only are there just four watches in total, but each watch contains a real piece of moon rock!

Add-in some top-notch mechanics and expensive materials and it’s easy to see how it’s become one of the most expensive watches in the world.

However, it’s still a bargain, as the Meteoris collection of watches came as a set!

 

12. Hublot Big Bang Diamond – $5 Million

Most Expensive Watches - Hublot Big Bang Diamond

If you want a bit of bling in your life, then the Hublot Big Bang might be right up your street.

Costing $5 million, the watch features 1280 three-carat diamonds, all hand cut by a New York City Jeweler with 40 years experience.

It was gifted to Jay-Z by his wife, Beyonce, on his 43rd Birthday, and is just about as luxurious as it gets!

 

11. Patek Philippe Calibre 89 – $5.5 Million

Most Expensive Watches - Patek Philippe Calibre 89

The second pocket watch to feature on our list is the timelessly sophisticated, Patek Philippe Calibre 89.

It’s a commemorative pocket watch created in 1989, to celebrate the company’s 150th anniversary. Patek Philippe declared the 89 as “the most complicated watch in the world” at the time of creation. It weighs 1.1kg and has 1,728 components in total, including 33 complications and 24 hands.

If you’re not really in the mood for a wristwatch then a pocket watch of this calibre is the next best thing!

 

10. Patek Philippe Ref. 1527 – $5.7 Million

Most Expensive Watches - Patek Philippe Ref. 1527

Crafted in 1943, the Patek Philippe Ref. 1527 can appear to be rather ordinary on the outside, however, the watch contains more than twenty different precious stones and is made from 20 Karat rose gold.

The watches price tag comes from two things. The first, it is incredibly rare and was the only one of its kind. The second, Patek went on to use this model as inspiration for several other models.

 

9. Patek Philippe Ref. 1518 in Stainless Steel – $11 Million

Most Expensive Watches - Patek Philippe Ref. 1518 in Stainless Steel

Cased in high-grade stainless steel, the 1518 is the first in a limited edition four-piece series by Patek Phillipe.

Selling at auction for $11 million, 1518 is different from most other Patek luxury watches, which are made of rose or yellow gold because it’s the only perpetual Patek calendar chronograph made of steel.

If you’ve got the cash, why not!

 

8. Paul Newman Rolex Daytona – $17.6 Million

Most Expensive Watches - Paul Newman Rolex Daytona

Now, this is what you call a rare watch!

Paul Newman was a world-famous actor and passionate about horology and motorsport. His wife gifted him this watch to pay tribute to his passions.

The watch has a unique black and cream exotic dial. It is estimated that only one in twenty Daytonas were equipped with the “exotic” dial because they were originally slow to sell.

However, after Mr Newman was seen wairing the watch whilst pursuing his racing career, the price escalated and was later sold for a handsome figure at auction!

 

7. Jacob & Co. Billionaire Watch$18 Million

Most Expensive Watches - Jacob & Co. Billionaire Watch

Made from 260-carat emerald cut diamonds, the Billionaire watch certainly lives up to its name.

It has a beautiful stylish skeleton face and is a dazzling representation of the courageous and rebellious Jacob & Co. spirit.

Wearing this watch will turn a lot of heads and is guaranteed to get the conversation started!

 

6. Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication – $24 Million

Most Expensive Watches - Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication

The most expensive watch by Patek Philippe on our list is the Henry Graves Supercomplication, created for a wealthy American banker of the same name.

This intricate timepiece consists of 24 complications and includes a perpetual calendar, minute repeater with Westminster Chimes, sunrise and sunset times, and a celestial chart, based on the night sky above the owners home in New York.

What a stunning watch!

 

5. Chopard 201-Carat Watch – $25 Million

Most Expensive Watches - Chopard 201-Carat Watch

To understand why the Chopard 201-Carat watch is one of the worlds most expensive watches, just refresh yourself with the manufactures name.

The watch is encrusted with a cluster of colourful diamonds, including a 15-carat pink diamond, a 12-carat blue diamond and an 11-carat white diamond.

If that’s not enough, then perhaps another 163 carats of white and yellow diamonds will do the trick!

 

4. Jaeger-LeCoultre Joaillerie 101 Manchette – $26 million

Most Expensive Watches - Jaeger-LeCoultre Joaillerie 101 Manchette

Customisable to feature up to 576 diamonds and a sapphire dial, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Joaillerie 101 Manchette was gifted to Queen Elizabeth II to celebrate her 60th year in power.

It uses the mechanics of the manually wound Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 101 and the watch face has a silver-coloured dial and a winding crown.

$26 million and it’s yours!

 

3. Breguet Grande Complication Marie-Antoinette – $30 Million

Most Expensive Watches - Breguet Grande Complication Marie-Antoinette

Encased in gold, displaying the intricate mechanics behind inside it, the beautiful pocket watch was allegedly commissioned by an ex-lover of Marie Antoinette, the French queen.

Work first began on the watch in 1782 and it took the best part of 40 years to make.

It was completed in 1827 and the result was a true masterpiece of design and technology, containing every function available at that time.

Unfortunately, however, Marie Antoinette was executed before getting to see the finished watch.

Such is life!

 

2. Graff Diamonds The Fascination – $40 Million

Most Expensive Watches - Graff Diamonds The Fascination

If you just so happen to have $40 million tucked away in a drawer somewhere and you’re into traditional-looking diamonds, then this might be the watch for you.

Dubbed as the most expensive watch ever, The Fascination by Graff Diamonds contains 152.96 carats of white diamonds.

However, it also features a detachable, 38.13-carat pear-shaped diamond ring, located in the centre of the watch!

A watch and a ring, what a bargain!

 

1. Graff Diamonds Hallucination – $55 Million

Most Expensive Watches - Graff-Diamonds-Hallucination

Claiming the title of the worlds most expensive watch is the Hallucination by Graff Diamonds.

Opulence and luxury at its finest, the Hallucination costs even more than the most expensive watch ever made.

The watch is set into a platinum bracelet and made from 110 carats of rare coloured diamonds of various cuts and finishes. 

The Hallucination is a one of a kind statement-piece that pushes the boundaries of Horlogerie to their most extreme.

This is the world’s most expensive watch!

 

Summary

Well, there you have it. 

We hope you enjoyed our list of the 20 most expensive watches in the world.

They’re certainly some exceptional pieces of design and craftsmanship. 

Here’s a quick recap of the 20 most expensive watches in the world:

    1. Graff Diamonds Hallucination
    2. Graff Diamonds The Fascination
    3. Breguet Grande Complication Marie-Antoinette
    4. Jaeger-LeCoultre Joaillerie 101 Manchette
    5. Chopard 201-Carat Watch
    6. Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication
    7. Jacob & Co. Billionaire Watch
    8. Paul Newman Rolex Daytona
    9. Patek Philippe Ref. 1518 in Stainless Steel
    10. Patek Philippe Ref. 1527
    11. Patek Philippe Calibre 89
    12. Hublot Big Bang Diamond
    13. Louis Moinet Meteoris
    14. Breguet Antique Number 2667
    15. Rolex Daytona Ref. 6263 Oyster Albino
    16. Patek Philippe 5004T
    17. Patek Philippe 1928 Single Button Chronograph
    18. Franck Muller Aeternitas Mega 4
    19. Lange & Söhne Grand Complication
    20. Vacheron Constantin Tour de I’Ile

What’s your favourite most expensive watch? Leave a comment below.

Matt McIntyre is a digital content creator and certified marketing strategist with 10 years of experience. In a former life, Matt co-founded TWC Tailoring, a London based bespoke tailoring company, catering for an array of elite clientele. When he's not talking about business or marketing, you'll find him on a beach or by the pool.

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