Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Ultra Rare Black Dial Patek Philippe
[1955 Reference 2497]
This has to be one of the most beautiful and elegant watches ever made. Pure Perfection if you ask me!!! This watch was made in 1955 and sold on June 8th, 1962.
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Moonphase Chronograph
Patek Introduces New Model at BaselWorld 2011
[Reference 5270: 41mm]
This week at BaselWorld in Basel, Switzerland, Patek Philippe introduced this all new white gold Chronograph. This beauty has a new and useful feature I don't recall seeing before. Notice opposite if the circular leap-year aperture there is an am/pm aperture. For such a complicated watch this has one super-clean dial User-Interface!!!
Saturday, March 26, 2011
1954 Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph
Black Moonphase with Black Lacquer Dial and Breguet Numerals
Reference 2499: 37MM
This 18kt yellow gold Reference 2499 has a movement manufactured in 1954 and completed in 1962, and encased in 1963. It sold at Christies Auction house on November 15, 2010 for $590,396.
Patek Philippe Moonphase
18kt Perpetual Calendar
This magnificent beauty sold at Christies Auction House on May 10, 2010 for $289,259. In was manufactured in 1954 and it's 37mm. This is probably the most beautiful watch ever made. Patek Philippe launched the Reference 2438/1 in 1951 and it was water-resistant, and at the same time Patek Philippe also launched the 2497, which was not water-resistant.
Friday, March 25, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Patek Philippe Moonphase: Charlie Sheen
Patek Philippe Moonphase [Reference 2438J]
"My motto is enjoy every moment!!!" –Charlie Sheen
Recently, actor Charlie Sheen has been all over the place and he has been on a bit of a rampage.
Patek Philippe Moonphase
[Reference 2438J : 37 Millimeters]
Charlie is an absolutely fascinating guy, and he is the star of the very popular and funny TV show named two and a half men. Charlie Sheen recently opened his first Twitter account and started posting images on TwitPic, and he shared this photo showing-off his wristwatch and ring. Charlie Sheen placed a caption under the photo that read:
The only watch that keeps Warlock time - Class of 1927 ring "Bambino U"
So what does Charlie's cryptic message really mean? Well, his 1927 world championship ring belonged to and was won and worn by Babe Ruth!!!! That is pretty impressive in-and-of-itself, but for a fellow WIS, it is not as impressive as his Patek Philippe wristwatch!!!!
Charlie is wearing what is probably the most elegant, timeless watch ever made. He is sporting an EXTREMELY RARE Yellow gold Patek Philippe 2438J, Complicated Moonphase that was made in the late 1950s through the mid 1960s.
Charlie Sheen's Patek Philippe Moonphase photo above actually looks like one of Bernhard's Sneaker and Pant Wrist Shots!!! So just how rare and valuable is Charlie Sheen's Patek Philippe Moonphase? Somewhere between $500,000 and $750,000!!!!
Update: Patrick who is a daily reader of Jake's Rolex World, just pointed out that Charlie's Patek says the date reads, TUE (Tuesday), FEB (February) 29th, but there is no February 29th, 2011, so it is possible Charlie did not set the leap year setting, or now that I think about it, I think on this model, it probably lacked the leap year setting complication. Maybe that is what makes it a "Warlock" watch, in that he gets another day, we don't?
The next three photos below are of a very similar watch to Charlie Sheen's 18kt Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Moonphase which is a reference 2438J which was made in 1959. Its case measures 37mm in diameter and 13mm tall.
One of my favorite features of the moonphase watches from the 1950s is the dauphin hands. Dauphin hands are shaped like an extended pyramid and they are not only timeless, but have a distinct Art-Deco "Populux" design.
Charlie Sheen is obviously wearing this watch on a black strap, but it sure does look great on the honey-rust crocodile strap!!! What a timeless, beautiful, elegant watch!!!
In my personal opinion, Charlie Sheen's Patek Philippe is the most beautiful, well designed watch ever made, and if I could have any watch ever made in history, but I could not ever sell it and I had to wear it at least 3 days a week I would choose the same model of Patek Philippe Charlie Sheen wears.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Jake's Patek Philippe World
• Hello Jake: I have been enjoying Jake's Patek Blog since you started it. Your presentations are always top notch and very, very rare. I don't see your content anywhere else. I always check your site to see if there is new content. The article on John Lennon and his Patek blew me away. Thank you for all the time and effort that you devote to your site. Sincerely - Mark Cossuto (Sent in via email on October 10, 2011)
• Dear Jake, I stumbled onto your Patek blog the other day and I just wanted to say thank you for putting it up! As a former watch buyer for a high-end jewelry store that has carried Patek for over 50 years, I always appreciate those that recognize more than just the name of a brand, but rather understand the craftsmanship as well as the overall aesthetic that goes not only into producing the watches, but marketing them as well. Sincerely yours, Jon Hockman (Sent in via email on October 8, 2011)
• Hi Jake, Great Patek blog!! Your taste is impeccable, these watches are beautiful, especially the vintage perpetual calendars. Cheers! –Ismat (Comment posted on July 4, 2011)
• Hi Jake. Your Patek blog looks great!! Congratulations!!! –Giorgia Mondani (Sent in via email on April 26, 2011)
• Jake. Congratulations, and thank you for taking us into the world of Patek Philippe. It is such a great brand with a wonderful past and surely a great future. –Best Regards, Jose Ulloa (Send in via email on May 8, 2011)
• Hi Jake. You just made my day when I saw your Patek blog. I've always wished there was a blog as good as your Rolex blog for Patek. I'm a big watch lover and got most of the watches I really wanted, ending up selling watches from all other brands except for Rolex and Patek. Now here is the hitch, that was never planned, just a natural process of elimination: I came to the conclusion that there were only 2 "real" watch brands, Patek and Rolex. We could talk about it for hours, but I just wanted to thank you. HAGWE. –Karim el Khazen (Sent if via email on May 8, 2011)
• Hello Jake: Well my friend, your Patek Philippe Blog amazes me more every day. The 2499 comparison to the Cadillac was simply stunning. Jake's Patek Philippe World is an amazing site. Thank you again! It is much appreciated. Sincerely, Mark Cossuto (Sent in via email on November 8, 2011)