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10 Luxury Watches that are Worth Eye-Watering Money Today

10 Luxury Watches that are Worth Eye-Watering Money Today


By nature, luxury watches are generally known to command a high price. If you want to purchase a brand new Rolex, Hublot, or Omega watch, you’ll have to splash out at least four figures.

With that said, certain watches go beyond even the norm for luxury watches. Using 2017 prices, here are ten luxury timepieces that are worth eye-watering money today.

1. Stainless Steel Ref. 130 (Patek Philippe)

Price: £3,627,959

With research carried out by Betway, the first of many Patek Philippe entries on this list is the Stainless Steel Ref. 130. Priced up at a little over three-and-a-half million, this watch is an exceptional, rare watch that dates back to 1943.

2. Bao Dai Ref. 6062 (Rolex)

Price: £3,965,574

Photo by Hodinkee

This list wouldn’t be complete without a Rolex or three, and the “Bao Dai” is one of the coolest watches of all time. A gold strap, black lacquer dial, diamonds – the Vietnamese emperor, who the watch was designed for, clearly had taste in his wristwear.

3. Gold Chronograph Ref. 1527 (Patek Philippe)

Price: £4,513,985

An 18-carat gold buckle, diamonds, timeless style, and with only one ever been publicly available, the Ref. 1527 is understandably ranked alongside the most expensive Patek Philippe watches of all time.

4. Daytona Unicorn Ref. 6265 (Rolex)

Price: £4,513,985

Once deemed the ‘Holy Grail Rolex’, the Daytona Unicorn is one of the most unique pieces in the Swiss watchmakers’ storied history. The price is explained due to its white gold design and being a one-of-a-kind item.

5. Titanium Ref. 5208T-010 (Patek Philippe)

Price: £4,853,249

Photo by Hodinkee

The standard Ref. 5208 by Patek Philippe shows off stunning style along with one of the most intricate self-winding mechanisms ever seen. The unique 5208T-010 sees the timepiece being produced in titanium.

6. Stainless Steel Ref. 5016A-010 (Patek Philippe)

Price: £5,550,381

With a blue enamel dial and stainless steel case, the beautiful, one-of-a-kind 5016A-010 was crafted by Patek Philippe for the Only Watch auction in 2015.

7. Gobbi Milan “Heures Universelles” Ref. 2523 (Patek Philippe)

Price: £6,849,669

Photo by Phillips

Manufactured back in 1953, the Gobbi Milan boasts an 18-carat pink gold, two-crown world time design. Its style and inimitable style ensured it became one of the world’s most expensive watches.

8. Stainless Steel Ref. 1518 (Patek Philippe)

Price: £8,448,760

Photo by Phillips

When it comes to the most striking and cool designs by Patek Philippe, few can come close to the Ref. 1518. This helps to explain why this historically important and extremely rare watch is worth so much today.

9. Paul Newman Daytona Ref. 6239 (Rolex)

Price: £13,497,691

The most expensive Rolex of all time, the Paul Newman Daytona was originally owned by, you guessed it, Paul Newman. It was described by Forbes as the “most mythical and legendary wristwatch in existence”.

10. Grandmaster Chime Ref. 6300A (Patek Philippe)

Price: £23,722,177

Photo by Hodinkee

The most expensive watch, and by some distance, is the Grandmaster Chime. Seven years were invested by Patek Philippe to craft this unique piece, and their work was rewarded with an entry into the history books.

About the author

Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Her travels allow her the opportunity to pursue her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.


  1. InvitedHome
    October 4, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    These watches are stunning. Are you an affiliate partner with any of these companies? We’d love to share your list with our customers as it’s almost time to start thinking about holiday gifts. 🙂

    • Carmen Edelson
      October 6, 2020 at 4:43 pm

      No, but I will have a holiday guide coming out shortly! Stay tuned 🙂

  2. Eric White
    October 7, 2020 at 11:02 am

    These are indeed some of the great options… I think I need to put them into my list… thanks for sharing…

    • Carmen Edelson
      October 7, 2020 at 3:38 pm

      Happy to share, Eric!

  3. MaleSensePro
    November 16, 2020 at 12:29 am

    These are indeed some great options, thanks this would come real handy…

    • Carmen Edelson
      November 16, 2020 at 1:20 am

      So glad you think so!

  4. aKing
    November 10, 2021 at 4:51 pm

    Hi Carmen,

    Great read. It’s so funny seeing one of the watches I own on your list. Hard work certainly pays off 🙂


    • Carmen Edelson
      November 17, 2021 at 3:59 pm

      That’s amazing!

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