Patek Philippe SA is a Swiss luxury watch and clock manufacturer founded in 1839, located in Canton of Geneva and the Vallée de Joux. Since 1932, it has been owned by the Stern family in Switzerland. Patek Philippe is one of the oldest watch manufacturers in the world with an uninterrupted watchmaking history since its founding. They designs and manufactures timepieces, including some of the most complicated mechanical watches. The company maintains over 400 retail locations globally and over a dozen distribution centers across Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania, and in 2001 it opened the Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva.
Patek Philippe is widely considered to be one of the most prestigious watch manufacturers in the world. Over the years, notable Patek Philippe patrons and timepieces owners include Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth II, Pope Pius IX, Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, John F. Kennedy, Nelson Mandela, Pablo Picasso, Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Leo Tolstoy. On June 2019, among the world’s top ten most expensive watches ever sold at auctions, seven are Patek Philippe watches. In particular, Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication, the world’s most complicated mechanical watch until 1989, currently holds the title of the most expensive watch ever sold at auction, fetching 24 million US dollars (23,237,000 CHF) in Geneva on November 11, 2014.
Nowadays Patek Phillipe is very popular amongst collectors, demand is much higher than supply, as you know that some models were trade at 2x – 3x of its retail price, some certain unique or limited models can be more than that, and numbers are still rising.
Some models brought popular because worn by some public figure or celebrity, name it Tom Holland (which playing as Spiderman) whom wears Aquanaut 5167R, the rose gold one, Virgil Abloh (Fashion Designer and DJ) with Patek Philippe Nautilus 5526, Jason Statham (actor) whom wears Aquanaut 5968A, Jay-Z (rapper) whom wears Nautilus 5980R or Frank Lampard (Chelsea FC coach and legend player) has Patek Philippe Grand Complication 5270P and Aquanaut 5968A.
Kevin Hart (american actor and comedian) whom wears Rose Gold Patek Philippe Pepertual Calendar 5004R, Robert Downey Jr (which playing as Iron Man) whom wears Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712 Stainless Steel, Ousmane Dembele (FC Barcelona player) whom wears Nautilus 5980, Brad Pitt (actor) whom wears Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711, and many more.
There’s also other fenomena with Patek Philippe, along with its popularity, collectors these days like to dress up their Patek Philippe by switching the original strap with aftermarket strap which is very popular now, as they simply wants to looks different. Here’s some samples that we found:
Some of popular Patek Philippe models right now, such as:
PATEK PHILIPPE NAUTILUS 5980
PATEK PHILIPPE AQUANAUT 5167
PATEK PHILIPPE NAUTILUS 5711
PATEK PHILIPPE GRAND COMPLICATIONS 5204
PATEK PHILLIPPE 5230 WORLD TIME
PATEK PHILLIPPE AQUANAUT 5968
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For instance, a 30 m watch can stand up to a stress as much as 30 meters, which could embody minor splashes or raindrops.
I think most watches even with 5m water resistant can stand raindrops, so it shud be okay. So far never met watches which damage because of raindrops.