30 Most Expensive Watches in the World

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“Time is free, but it’s priceless.”. Ironically, watches that we buy to see time can be very expensive. For example, the most expensive watch in the world costs as high as a whopping $55 million.

Branded watches cost heaps for the gems, leathers, complications, and designs or simply for their brand name alone.

However, wearing a unique watch is a worthwhile purchase as what you wear reflects your personality.

Quick Overview

Most Expensive watch Cost
1. Graff Diamonds Hallucination $55 million
2. Graff Diamonds The Fascination $40 million
3. Breguet Grande Complication Marie-Antoinette $30 million
4. Jaeger-LeCoultre Joaillerie 101 Manchette $26 million
5. Chopard 201 Carat Watch $25 million
6. Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication $24 million
7. Jacob & Co. Billionaire Watch $18 million
8. Paul Newman’s Rolex Daytona $17.8 million
9. Patek Philippe Stainless Steel Ref $11.1 million
10. Vacheron Constantin 57260 $8 million
11. Patek Philippe Calibre 89 $5.5 million
12. Hublot Big Bang Diamond $5 million
13. Breguet Antique Number 2667 $4.69 million
14. Louis Moinet Meteoris $4.6 million
15. Rolex Daytona Ref. 6263 Oyster Albino $4 million
16. Patek Philippe 5004T $3.9 million
17. Patek Philippe 1928 Single Button Chronograph $3.6 million
18. Piaget Emperador Temple $3.3 million
19. Cartier Secret Watch with Phoenix Décor $2.75 million
20. Frank Muller Aeternitas Mega 4 $2.7 million
21.Lange & Sohne Grand Complication $2.5 million
22. Jaeger-LeCoultre Hybris Mechanica Grande Sonnerie $2.5 million
23. Rolex Antimagnetique Ref. 4113 from 1942 $2.5 million
24. Richard Mille RM 56-02 Sapphire Tourbillon $2.2 million
25. Vacheron Constantin Tour de I’lle $1.5 million
26. Greubel and Stephen Forsey $1.5 million
27. Blancpain Specialties Tourbillon Diamants $1.3 million
28. Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon $1.09 million
29. Ulysse Nardin Royal Blue Tourbillon Watch $1 million
30. Hublot Million Dollar Caviar Black Bang $1 million

30. Hublot Caviar Black Bang watch

Hublot Million Dollar Caviar Black Bang costs $1 million.

The watch face is adorned with brilliant gold and black diamonds, while the strap is modest rubber. In addition, the case is composed of 18-carat white gold.

Hublot Caviar Black Bang watch (Source: SwissLuxury)

Moreover, the watch is encrusted with over 500 black diamonds totaling over 30 carats.

29. Ulysse Nardin Royal Blue Tourbillon Watch

Ulysse Nardin Royal Blue Tourbillon Watch costs $1 million. However, if you have a love for rare items, you should certainly get it.

This watch consists of 568 white diamonds along with 234 royal blue sapphires. Moreover, its bracelet and case are made of platinum.

Ulysse Nardin Royal Blue Tourbillon Watch (Source: hushhush)

In addition, it contains a manual Caliber UN-79 movement.

28. Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon

Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon costs $1.09 million. The watch was sold on auction in 2019.

This watch has twelve complications, such as a minute repeater, sky chart, etc.

Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon (Source: Forbes)

Unfortunately, it is an exclusive watch that is only available in limited numbers.

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27. Blancpain Spécialités Tourbillon Diamants

The Blancpain Specialties Tourbillon Diamants has a 40mm three-piece white gold case with approximately 500 white diamonds totaling 14 carats. Moreover, it costs $1.3 million.

Blancpain Specialites Tourbillon Diamants
Blancpain Specialites Tourbillon Diamants (Source: Watchpaper)

Moreover, the watch comprises 238 different parts and is powered by an automated caliber 25A tourbillon movement.

26.Greubel Forsey Art Piece 1

Greubel and Stephen Forsey collaborated with artist Willard Wigan to create the Greubel Forsey Art Piece 1. It costs approximately $1.5 million.

Greubel Forsey Art Piece 1
Greubel Forsey Art Piece 1 (Source: GPHG)

In addition, a miniature sculpture created by artist Wigan can be seen through a tiny magnifier inserted in the crown near 9 o’clock on the watch.

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25. Vacheron Constantin Tour de I’lle

In 2005, seven pieces of the Vacheron Constantin Tour de I’lle were created to commemorate the company’s 250th anniversary. It costs $1.5 million.

Furthermore, the watch has two dials crafted of solid 18K gold with a blue sapphire and non-reflective glass.

Vacheron Constantin Tour de I’lle
Vacheron Constantin Tour de I’lle (Source: 24Diamonds.com)

Moreover, the white dial is studded with 39 different gems, and the strap is made of alligator leather.

24. Richard Mille RM 56-02 Sapphire Tourbillon

This magnificent timepiece costs $2.2 million.

In 2014, the 56-02 Sapphire Tourbillon was presented, which was limited to only ten pieces.

Richard mille rm 56-02 sapphire tourbillon
Richard Mille RM 56-02 Sapphire Tourbillon (Source: Richard Mille)

Moreover, the base plate is titanium. The triple-tier watchcase is composed entirely of sapphire crystal. Thus, making it one of the most unusual, scratch-resistant, and unique watches ever built.

23. Rolex Antimagnetique (Ref:4113)

Rolex Antimagnetique Ref. 4113 from 1942 sold for about $2.5 million at a Start-Stop-Reset auction held at Geneva on May 14, 2016.

As a result, reference 4113 is regarded as the absolute top-of-the-line Rolex among collectors.

Rolex Antimagnetique Ref. 4113 from 1942
Rolex Antimagnetique Ref. 4113 from 1942 (Source: HODINKEE)

Moreover, this watch is in excellent overall condition and has been nearly undisturbed since its previous appearance at auction in terms of authenticity and craftsmanship.

22. Jaeger-LeCoultre Hybris Mechanica Grande Sonnerie

Jaeger-LeCoultre Hybris Mechanica Grande Sonnerie costs $2.5 million.

The Hybris Mechanica Grande Sonnerie, designed by watchmaker David Candaux in 2009, is a masterpiece.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Hybris Mechanica Grande Sonnerie
Jaeger-LeCoultre Hybris Mechanica Grande Sonnerie (Source: WorldTempus)

A perpetual calendar and two power reserve indications are two examples of complexities in the watch, with 26 intricacies packed in an 18-carat white gold case.

21. Lange and Sohne Grand Complication

The Lange & Sohne Grand Complication, the brand’s most costly watch, took over a year to produce and was released in 2013 with a $2.5 million price tag.

Lange & Sohne Grand Complication
Lange & Sohne Grand Complication (Source: Watch-insider.com)

A stunning gold case houses a multitude of complications, including a Grande and petite sonnerie with a minute repeater, a moon phase, a perpetual calendar, and a rattrapante-chronograph function with flying seconds, among others.

20. Franck Muller Aeternitas Mega 4

The intricacies are placed utilizing a complicated and exquisite design in the 50mm gold cased dial, consisting of 1483 separate components.

Moreover, the Aeternitas Mega 4 is one of the most high-tech watches ever made, and it costs a whopping $2.7 million.

Franck Muller Mega 4
Franck Muller Mega 4 (Source: SwissLuxury.com)

Furthermore, the Aeternitas Mega 4 is not only Franck Muller’s most costly watch, but it also holds the record for being the most intricate timepiece ever made.

19. Cartier Secret Watch

Cartier Secret Watch with Phoenix Décor costs $2.75 million.

This $2.755 million phoenix-shaped wristwatch is a one-of-a-kind 80.13-carat masterpiece.

The phoenix is white gold with rhodium plating and is encrusted with brilliant-cut diamonds, one pear-shaped diamond, and emerald eyes.

Therefore, it’s practically impossible to see the dial with over 3000 diamonds weighing over 80 carats studded on it.

18. Piaget Emperador Temple

The Emperador Temple, the most costly wristwatch manufactured by luxury watchmaker Piaget, embodies status and elegance. It costs $3.3 million.

Furthermore, the watch dial is nearly entirely covered with perfect white diamonds, with a mother of pearl material contrasting the stunning jewels.

Piaget Emperador Temple
Piaget Emperador Temple (Source: fotohali.com

The case is made of 18-carat jewel-encrusted yellow gold.

Above all, it features 481 brilliant-cut diamonds, with an extra 218 baguette-cut diamonds on the interior and 162 brilliant-cut diamonds on the watchband.

17. Patek Philippe (1928)

First introduced in 1928, this single-button wristwatch is one of Patek Philippe’s most valuable and unusual watches.

The watch has a cushion-shaped white dial, Breguet numerals, 28 different jewels, a polished bezel, and a chronograph movement. It is made of 18-carat white gold.

Patek Philippe (1928)
Patek Philippe (1928) (Source: Pinterest)

It was sold among other famous watches at a Christie’s auction in Geneva in 2011 and was predicted to fetch $2.7 million.

Instead, it was sold for $3.6 million to the highest bidder.

16. Patek Philippe (5004T)

Patek Philippe 5004T costs $3.9 million. The designer has been producing some of the world’s most coveted timepieces for over 180 years.

Patek Phillipe, a Swiss watchmaker, cemented its reputation as one of the world’s most expensive brands in 2013 when one of its masterpieces, the 5004T timepiece, was released.

The 5004T is tiny compared to other modern-day men’s wristwatches, measuring 36.7mm in diameter. Furthermore, it has a considerably sportier overall design than most Patek creations.

15. Rolex Daytona (Ref. 6263)

Rolex Daytona Ref. 6263 Oyster Albino costs $4 million.

This Rolex Daytona 6263, formerly worn by legendary guitarist Eric Clapton, is one of the most popular and costly watches ever made by the brand.

Rolex Daytona (Ref. 6263) (Source: HushHush)

The manually wound Caliber 727 powers this “Albino” Reference 6263, which was made in 1971.

Moreover, Clapton purchased this watch in the late 1990s.

14. Louis Moinet Meteoris

Louis Moinet is noted for producing watches that excel in mechanics, innovation, motion, and design.

Moinet’s Meterois series, which contains four magnificent watches, illustrates these features.

Louis Moinet Meteoris (Source: Louis Moinet)

A meteorite from Mars is contained in the Tourbillon Mars, while a piece of a meteorite from Mercury and a bit of moon rock are contained in the others.

Therefore, it’s no wonder that this set sells for $4.6 million thanks to its impeccable design.

13. Breguet Antique (2667)

The Breguet Antique Number 2667 was created over two centuries ago. It is currently one of the world’s most expensive watches.

An 18k yellow gold casing, a silver dial, and two oscillating bodies combine to create the perfect luxury figure in this pocket watch.

Breguet Antique (2667 (Source: Money Inc)

A buyer in London bought this watch in an auction by Christie’s in Geneva in 2012 for a stunning $4.69 million.

12. Hublot Big Bang Diamond

The Big Bang Diamond is the most extravagant and costly timepiece developed by the famous watch brand Hublot. It is the ultimate combination of grace and glam.

Moreover, the watch comprises 18-carat white gold and is set with 1200 white baguette diamonds of grade A VVS clarity and six emerald diamonds totaling over 3 carats.

Hublot Big Bang Diamond (Source: Hublot)

It has a price tag of $5 million.

Above all, the Hublot Big Bang Diamond has a 42-hour power reserve.

11. Patek Philippe Caliber 89

Patek Philippe Caliber 89 was the most intricate pocket watch ever for nearly 25 years.

There were four different versions of this watch, each with 33 complexities, a thermometer, a leap year indication, a century decade and year show, and a day of the week display.

It costs at least $5.5 million.

Patek philippe calibre 89 most expensive watch
Patek Philippe Caliber 89 (Source: Forbes)

Moreover, the watch was unveiled in 1989 to commemorate Patek Philippe’s 150th anniversary.

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10. Vacheron Constantin 57260

This watch consists of fifty-seven intricate complications like an astronomical calendar, a Hebrew calendar, a lunar calendar, and a religious calendar.

most expensive watch
Vacheron Constantin 57260 (Source: HODINKEE)

A master watchmaker designed the watch in 2015 using de Geneve’ décor and techniques.

This watch took eight years to make due to such intricate designs.

Furthermore, the casing is straightforward and uncomplicated, enabling the superior mechanics to take center stage.

9. Patek Philippe Stainless Steel Ref.1518

The casing is the big draw of this watch, which is part of a limited edition four-piece collection.

It stands out from other Patek Philippe luxury watches because of its high-grade stainless steel casing.

In contrast, other Patek Philippe expensive watches usually consist of yellow or rose gold.

It costs $11.1 million.

The Patek Philippe Ref.1518 made headlines when it was initially unveiled in 1941 as the world’s first perpetual calendar and chronograph.

This is yet another reason why enthusiasts love this watch.

Patek Philippe Stainless Steel Ref most expensive watch
Patek Philippe Stainless Steel Ref (Source: HODINKEE)

While many believe that steel would make a watch less costly than gold, high-end timepieces in this material are hard to come by. In general, rarity always drives up pricing.

8. Paul Newman’s Rolex Daytona

Joanne Woodward commissioned the Rolex Daytona for her husband, Paul Newman, in 1968.

Watchmakers consider Paul Newman’s Rolex Daytona as one of the best Rolex watches ever made.

The watch consists of art deco style and has a cream and black dial. In addition, it consists of inscriptions on the back saying ‘Drive me carefully.’

Paul Newman’s Rolex Daytona most expensive watch
Paul Newman’s Rolex Daytona (Source: Forbes)

Newman passed on the watch to his daughter’s boyfriend in 1984. Later on, he sold it in an auction for $17.8 million.

In addition, he donated a large sum of money to the Nell Newman Foundation.

7. Jacob & Co. Billionaire Watch

The Jacob & Co. Billionaire Watch consists of 18-carat white gold. In addition, it has 260-carats of white emerald-shaped diamonds.

The watch was the product of cooperation among inventor Jacob Arabo and Billionaire, an Italian fashion company. It initially made headlines during Baselworld in 2015.

Jacob & Co. Billionaire Watch most expensive watch
Jacob & Co. Billionaire Watch (Source: Jacob and Co)

Moreover, American professional boxer Floyd Mayweather acquired the watch for the asking amount of $18 million in 2018. This acquisition makes it one of the most expensive watches in the world.

6. Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication

Patek Philippe designed one of the most expensive watches in 1933. He designed the watch for Henry Graves Jr.

This magnificent watch has twenty-four features, including a minute reader, a calendar, sunrise and sunset times, and a celestial calendar.

Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication most expensive watch
Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication (Source: Forbes)

Moreover, the watch consists of eighteen carats of gold. An anonymous buyer bought the watch in an auction in 2014 for $24 million.

5. Chopard 201 Carat Watch

Chopard 201 Carat Watch encompasses colored diamonds such as 15 carats pink stone, twelve carats bluestone, and a stunning eleven carat white stone.

This stunning piece costs $25 million.

Besides, the watch consists of hundred and sixty-three carats of white and yellow stones.

CHOPARD-201-CARAT-WATCH most expensive watch
Chopard 201 Carat Watch (Source: Article List)

Moreover, there are a total of eight hundred and seventy-four diamonds, which weigh two hundred and one carats overall.

4. Jaeger-LeCoultre Joaillerie 101 Manchette

This beautiful watch was created as a gift for none other than Queen Elizabeth II to commemorate her 60th year in reign.

It is one of the world’s most expensive watches.

Moreover, five hundred seventy-six diamonds are used in the watch. It has the world’s tiniest watch face, as well as a caliber 101 movement that weighs under 1 gram.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Joaillerie 101 Manchette most expensive watch
Jaeger-LeCoultre Joaillerie 101 Manchette (source: The Jwellery Editor)

Moreover, this $26 million watch has a white gold bracelet with a tiny hand-wound clock covered by sapphire glass.

3. Breguet Grande Complication Marie-Antoinette

One of Marie Antoinette’s lovers ordered this watch for the renowned French monarch Marie Antoinette.

Breguet Grande Complication Marie-Antoinette most expensive watch
Breguet Grande Complication Marie-Antoinette (Source: Wikipedia)

It has every complexity that existed at the time, along with a perpetual calendar and thermometer, and is covered in gold.

However, the Mayer museum offers it for sale for those willing to offer $30 million for the watch.

2. Graff Diamonds The Fascination

The Graff Diamonds Fascination is a beautiful diamond bracelet and a wristwatch costing $40 million.

Moreover, this three-in-one clock is set with 153 carats of white diamonds and is widely regarded as one of the most stunning watches ever made.

Graff Diamonds The Fascination
Graff Diamonds The Fascination (Source: Forbes)

Furthermore, the center diamond detaches effortlessly from the band and may be placed on a custom ring, enabling the buyer to flaunt this stunning piece of jewelry in several ways.

1. Graff Diamonds Hallucination

The Graff Diamonds Hallucination, launched in 2014 by Graff’s premium British jewelry firm, is now the world’s most expensive watch.

Moreover, this watch, which costs $55 million, comprises 110 carats of exceptionally costly and unique diamonds in various shades and shapes.

Graff Diamonds Hallucination most expensive watch
Graff Diamonds Hallucination (Source: Superwatchman)

The watch has some of the finest diamonds, including fancy pink, fancy yellow, and fancy green and heart, emerald, and round.

This watch, designed by John Graff himself, required countless hours to make and was crafted by some of the world’s top gemologists and artisans.

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