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Patek Philippe

Patek Philippe S.A. is a high-end Swiss watchmaking company which was established in 1839 as Patek, Czapek & Cie. by Antoine Norbert de Patek and François Czapek. In 1845, Czapek left the company and the firm was renamed Patek & Cie.. Adrien Philippe partnered with Patek in 1851 and the firm became Patek Philippe & Cie.. It’s present name – Patek Philippe S.A. – was introduced when Charles and Jean Stern bought the prestigious company in 1932. The firm is still owned by the Stern family.

Maker’s Marks and Timeline:

Patek Philippe

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Specialties

  • Antoni Patek made pocket watches c.1839.
  • Adrien Philippe invented the keyless winding system.

1851

  • Supplied watches to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

1868

  • Created first wristwatch.
  • Pioneered the perpetual calendar.
  • Split seconds hand.
  • Chronograph.
  • Minute repeater.

1932

  • Purchased by the Stern family.

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Videos on Patek Philippe

A very good video presentation on modern production methods of the factory: