You can’t call yourself a real watch collector if you don’t have one Patek Philippe. Widely regarded as the world’s most prestigious watchmaker, the Swiss brand has a history of 180 years of uninterrupted production. They have made over 20 calibers and received more than 100 patents for their innovations at that time. But far beyond their technical advances, their portfolio is stuffed to the gills with some of the most famous designs ever to grace a wrist. From the simple elegance of the Calatrava to the icon that is the Nautilus, the Patek Philippe replica has stayed the epitome of horology excellence for generations.
It is no wonder the brand is so highly sought-after with all they have to offer. But another factor that affects the massive demand is the actual number of cheap replica watches they make. Whereas Rolex is known to make around one million pieces every year, the fake Patek has made roughly that many – since 1839. That amounts to, in the modern era, around 50,000 annually, spread out over the 200 or so different models currently in the lineup.
The key point is that are you going for a brand new model or a preowned/vintage one? If you decide to get a fresh box and have never worn a watch before, there are three places you can find one.
To begin with, Patek operates its own Salons in London, Paris, and Geneva. That’s just three worldwide, none of which are in the U.S. However, what they lack inaccessibility, they more than makeup for inexperience. Visiting a Patek Salon is something every horology fan should do at least once in their lives.
Unluckily, just because you can see them doesn’t automatically mean you can buy them. Only the most relatively plentiful models will be for sale, such as the likes of the Calatrava. If you want to get one of the much rarer or greatly complicated pieces, you will suddenly find yourself up against some very big spending VIPs who have dedicated years to build a relationship with the salon.
But that shouldn’t stop you. The service you get will be second to none, and you may get the chance to try out some of the best replica watches you’ve ever seen in pictures. And it’s possible that any watch you end up buying can come with some additional features. As well as some merchandise in the shape of Patek pens or fake watch wallets, they might even throw in the watch’s initial service for free. What’s more, you have taken the first step in building your own rapport with the Salon – something that will only help grease the wheels in the future.
Non-authorized dealers are retailers that have nothing to do with the replica Patek Philippe and are therefore not subject to any restrictions imposed by them. Most of them sell online from their own websites, and for clothes that are particularly hard to find immediately, they can be the best place to buy without waiting at the end of a waiting list of more than five years.