Why is Patek Philippe better than Rolex?

As our watch ranking indicates Patek Philippe is in a whole different category when compared to Rolex.  While Rolex is the most well known watch brand in the world, Patek Philippe is at a whole different level of sophistication and class.

 

Rolex is great because it makes everything in its watches in-house and at the highest level of quality.  They achieved remarkable quality levels even though they mass produce watches.  They build a great product and were very successful to market their brand name worldwide.

 

Patek Philippe also makes its parts in-house, but they go the above and beyond.  Patek Philippe’s watches are much more refined in terms of detail in the movement and in complications.

 

For example they polish every part in their movement whether it is visible or not.  Also, they’ve kept records of every watch they made and as a result are the only manufacturer who can restore any of thir watches – even those dating as far back as 1839.  With a Patek Philippe you know you’re getting the finest possible craftsmanship.

 

While everyone in the world knows about Rolex only those with some horological knowledge know about Patek Philippe.

 

 

27 thoughts on “Why is Patek Philippe better than Rolex?

  1. Laura Speairs says:

    I found Patek Phillipe Geneve in an old small wooden box. I went to your website but could not find a price on it. It was given to me as a gift by my husband in about 2010 or early 2011. Could anyone tell me what it might be worth? I plan on keeping the watch. In fact I am wearing it right now.

    • Admin says:

      I recommend you do some research for the exact model. Depending on how rare it is it may be difficult to estimate it. If the watch is genuine you should contact Patek Phillipe to register the watch. Patek Phillipe is the only brand that keeps owner records. It has services that other brands don’t. Enjoy your quest. Post back what you find.

    • Matthew Burden says:

      I do not know why you would want to know what your Patek is worth except for estate valuation and insurance purposes. But if you insist – the best market for anything like a Patek would be by your better auction houses such as Christies or Sotheby’s – get their sales catalogs for past and upcoming auctions and make your comparisons, or they may conduct an appraisal for a fee. If you plan to sell your watch – GO TO THEM or even Tourneau, and not a fly-by-night outfit for there are many. Have your watch serviced (cleaned and oiled and replace any worn parts) only by PATEK – see their YouTube production on this. You WILL pay a lot but what you will get back is a practically brand-new watch – fully warranted by Patek. Then, along with Patek’s service papers and receipts take it to any of the world-class auction houses and insist on the better price for what you invested. But I can not see why you would want to part with that special watch your husband gave to you.

      • SH says:

        Thank you Matthew. This is wonderful advice that most of us would not be aware of. We are grateful to you. But may I ask, is it possible to provide it without judgement? Not all of us understand the value of heirlooms, or perhaps, may have come on hard times and are considering exchanging prized possessions for basic needs. A desire to share knowledge does not always go hand in hand with kindness, though it most often should.

  2. Yogesh M Gupta says:

    Justice Roberts wore one, while he was at Trump Impeachment hearings at the US Senate. Any details? He is a public figure.

  3. Pierre H Kerbage says:

    Patek IS in the Ultra luxury Category. Some of their watches sell for millions. There is nothing more refined than a Patek Philippe.

    • Admin says:

      While we agree that Patek Philippe is probably the best watch brand in the world making refined quality time pieces second to no other manufacturer, the brand does not get awarded the Ultra Luxury 5 Star ranking due to the number of watches that they make. In other words, it’s due to the lack of exclusivity.

      Specifically, visiting https://www.patek.com/ and clicking “Collections” you will find that there are 9 which is not a lot but factoring in the Models under each collection you’ll find that there are a total of 173 Models. That’s a lot.

      If you were to spend $500K on a watch, how “special” or “exclusive” would you feel if presented with this catalog? https://www.patek.com/en/collection/all-models (keep scrolling down what seems to be a never-ending page)

      Compare that experience with a catalog like a Bexei watch (http://www.bexei.hu/) or a R. W. Smith (http://www.rwsmithwatches.com/watches/ where they only make a few timepieces per year.

      One has to know about what is a quality horological timepiece and be able to both afford the cost of an Ultra Luxury watch and value exclusivity in order to buy an Ultra Luxury watch.

      Put another way, at a social engagement an Ultra Luxury watch will stand out from among the Patek Phlippes that others may wear. Chances are that there won’t be another watch like yours. And for the statistically remote chance that there is another, you’ll both be top dogs and everyone else will not.

      Hope this explanation helps.

      • Matthew Burden says:

        I do not understand what you are trying to point out. A Patek was made for the person to wear so to know the time by a nearly flawless mechanical mechanism. All this vain talk about Luxury and here Ultra Luxury only cheapens the watch and insults the watchmaker who made it. A Patek as well as a Breguet, Rolex, Seiko, and Timex are horological time pieces to be respected as such – nothing more except if you need something for a purpose such as the Rolex Explorer or Submariner/Seadweller, etc. In 1978 my $550.00 Rolex DATE (some call entry-level Rolex) together with a brass sextant, without flaw, aided in my navigation under sail across the North Atlantic from Cape May to Den Helder and I admit the Submariner would have been a better choice due to wrist band security and crown protection. But the DATE 15000 chronometer inside her oyster case did the job which has been serviced only once in 1990 by Robert Mills in Philadelphia and still keeps under two seconds – slow per day nearly fully would. Yes, I have a collection of Rolex’s as well as the Patek Calatrava’s and a Breguet that are necessary to a collection that I hardly consider luxury.

  4. Menan Fikak says:

    I own a patek Philippe watch that I was presented when I lived in Saudi Arabia in 1978.
    I need to know its value today. Who should I ask for it’s model and serial number. It is a mechanical watch with a moon phase. I live in Canada.

  5. Chiara says:

    I personally would rather buy the Patek Philippe over the Rolex. Why? Well, first, everyone and their brother has a Rolex, especially where I live. Those in the know will recognize what I’m wearing and quite honestly, I’m wearing it to please myself, I couldn’t care less about what others think. Buy what makes YOU happy, life is too short to worry about what others will approve of.

    • Dylan Neilsen says:

      Why do you want a Patek over a Rolex again? Read your answer & you’ll see that you care about what others think, like most people.

  6. Admin says:

    If you want a rare model yes, you need to be loaded and special. But, Patek makes a lot of models and for the most part if you have $50K you can buy one on Amazon.com or other online retailers. Most people won’t know a) what a Patek is and b) how much it cost and c) not know if it cost $50K or $500K.

    • 23swazichris23 says:

      My favorite. I would buy one but, unfortunately, im poor. If someone who is filthy rich could find it in their heart to bless me with one I would graciously accept and be most appreciative.

  7. Filip Patecq says:

    If you look at the website, yes, but try actually buying the model you want. Unless you’re, like, the Pope or something, good luck.

    • Laurie says:

      I inherited a Patek in 1996 and it has been in storage since. Anyone know a good dealer who can give me an estimate of its value? It was made in 1965 and is 18k.

      • Lynn Magnusson ASA, AAA says:

        I can help/guide you. Where are you located? If I’m not in the office, leave a message with your name, contact info and “Patek inquiry”. Visit our website, too! Happy Holidays,
        Lynn Magnusson, ASA, AAA
        TheMagnussonGroup.com
        973-425-1550

      • Matthew Burden says:

        I do not understand what you are trying to point out. A Patek was made for the person to wear so to know the time by a nearly flawless mechanical mechanism. All this vain talk about Luxury and here Ultra Luxury only cheapens the watch and insults the watchmaker who made it. A Patek as well as a Breguet, Rolex, Seiko, and Timex are horological time pieces to be respected as such – nothing more except if you need something for a purpose such as the Rolex Explorer or Submariner/Seadweller, etc. In 1978 my $550.00 Rolex DATE (some call entry-level Rolex) together with a brass sextant, without flaw, aided in my navigation under sail across the North Atlantic from Cape May to Den Helder and I admit the Submariner would have been a better choice due to wrist band security and crown protection. But the DATE 15000 chronometer inside her oyster case did the job which has been serviced only once in 1990 by Robert Mills in Philadelphia and still keeps under two seconds – slow per day nearly fully would. Yes, I have a collection of Rolex’s as well as the Patek Calatrava’s and a Breguet that are necessary to a collection that I hardly consider luxury.

      • Matthew Burden says:

        Dear Laurie,
        You are a lucky person to acquire such a fine time piece and I admire the person and persons who thought so highly of you to entrust it to you because that was what a Patek (and most other mechanical watches) were designed and made to do – to last nearly forever. Please do yourself a favor and not worry about what your watch is worth if you intend to keep it except for estate and insurance purposes. You must, however, send your Patek back to the company for them to service it with a cleaning a oiling that only Patek should perform though it will be quiet pricy – I suggest you watch the Youtube video of how Patek services your watch from start to finish. But a word of advice – do not have Patek or anybody else especially polish the case since such will take too much metal off the casing but let your watch and metal bracelet develop a natural patina. When you get your watch back from them you will in effect – have a brand-new watch and fully warranted by Patek as though it were new. Not to ramble but you will see the special equipment Patek uses as well as the many different lubricant (synthetic oils to assure the lowest viscosity possible) oils Patek uses on various parts and purposes; most watch service stations will not go to the effort or expense to use such an array of highly specialized lubricant’s as Patek, Breguet, or even Rolex, etc. insist on. Then after you have your Patek serviced and you are wearing it for a few more years – then you may want to know what it is worth but why would you.

  8. Admin says:

    Thanks for the comment. The only issue with Patek and why they are not in the Ultra Luxury category is that they make so many pieces which results in a lack of exclusivity. If you look at their website, there are so many watches to pick from. If you have $250K to spend, you have to make that “tough” decision on going with a custom Ultra Luxury watch that most people never heard about or buy a “me too” watch as a Patek. Tough decision!

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