Top 10 Cheapest Patek Philippe Watches for Beginners

Patek Philippe is synonymous with luxury and unparalleled quality in watchmaking. 

Watches priced at the lower end of their spectrum, typically between $10,090 and $30,000, are considered relatively affordable within the brand’s extensive range. 

This price bracket usually features entry-level models or simpler designs without intricate complications. The Patek Philippe Calatrava, particularly in its most basic configurations, is a prime example of the brand’s more accessible offerings. 

Despite falling into the lower price range of $10,090 to $584,804, these watches still embody the exquisite craftsmanship and sophisticated design that Patek Philippe is renowned for.

In this guide, we will explore some of the most affordable Patek Philippe models, easing the way for beginners and budget-conscious collectors to venture into the world of high-end horology.

1. Patek Philippe Calatrava – White Gold, Charcoal Gray Dial ref. 6119G-001

Patek Philippe ref. 6119G-001

  • Retail Price: S$43,447
  • Market Average: S$36,855
  • Secondary Market Dealer: S$40,277

They include a Clous de Paris bezel, a small seconds subdial at 6 o’clock, double index hour markers at 12 o’clock, a railway-track minute scale around the dial’s rim with tiny dots every five minutes, and a sapphire caseback.

  • Production Year: 2021
  • Case Size: 39mm
  • Materials
    • Dial: Charcoal gray, with a vertical satin finish, white gold dauphine-style hands and applied ‘obus’ hour markers
    • Bracelet: Black alligator leather strap with a white gold prong buckle
    • Bezel: Fixed, white gold, with a distinctive guilloched hobnail pattern (Clous de Paris)
  • Function: Hours, Minutes, Small Seconds
  • Mechanism: Manually wound Caliber 30-255 PS movement with a 65-hour power reserve and a 25,200vph frequency

Investing in it isn’t just about owning a timepiece; it is about possessing a piece of art respected for its craftsmanship and value retention.

About

This Patek Philippe Calatrava is a luxury men’s dress watch. It’s part of the prestigious Calatrava collection, widely recognized for its understated style and sophistication. It maintains the first Calatrava’s (ref.96) design code but introduces some welcome updates, such as a new movement and a stylish bezel.


2. Patek Philippe Calatrava – White Gold, Ebony Black Dial ref. 6007G-001

Patek Philippe Calatrava- ref. 6007G-001

  • Retail Price: S$51,498
  • Market Average: S$46,723
  • Secondary Market Dealer: S$47,998

The timepiece includes Arabic numeral hour markers, a date window at 3 o’clock, a dial with an embossed carbon pattern at the center, a strap with an embossed carbon pattern, and a minute track with Arabic numerals every five minutes around the dial’s outer rim.

  • Production Year: 2023
  • Case Size: 40mm
  • Materials
    • Dial: Ebony black, with an embossed carbon pattern at the center, luminescent black hands, a yellow seconds hand, and applied white gold Arabic numeral hour markers
    • Bracelet: Black calfskin strap with yellow stitches on the sides and an embossed carbon pattern and white gold prong buckle
    • Bezel: Fixed, smooth, white gold
  • Function: Date, Hours, Minutes, Seconds
  • Mechanism: Automatic Caliber 26-330 S C movement with 30 jewels, a 45-hour power reserve, and a 28,800vph frequency

It’s a worthwhile investment for its exquisite craftsmanship and the brand’s storied reputation in watchmaking. Additionally, its price has increased by at least 30% between 2023 and April 2024.

About

This Calatrava model is a luxury men’s watch that’s part of PP’s latest Calatrava watches. It displays its youth and fresh charm with its robust design, coupled with a masculine dial with a special pattern and an equally handsome strap. Its artistic geometry and precious materials make it the perfect watch for collectors and aficionados who appreciate fine horology.


3. Patek Philippe Aquanaut Chronograph – Stainless Steel, Black Dial ref. 5968A-001

Patek Philippe Aquanaut Chronograph- Ref. 5968A-001

  • Retail Price: S$74,852
  • Market Average: S$157,088
  • Secondary Market Dealer: S$179,647

They include a rounded octagonal bezel, a porthole-shaped case, an orange seconds hand, a black dial with grooves resembling the earth’s latitude and longitude lines, and a large format 60-minute chronograph register with a rounded octagonal shape at 6 o’clock.

  • Production Year: 2018
  • Case Size: 42.2mm
  • Materials
    • Dial: Black, with an embossed design, luminescent baton-style hands, and gold-applied Arabic numeral hour markers with a luminescent coating
    • Bracelet: Black “Tropical” composite material strap with an Aquanaut foldover clasp. An orange composite material strap is also available
    • Bezel: Fixed, smooth, rounded octagonal, stainless steel
  • Function: Chronograph, Date, 60-Minute Counter, Hours, Minutes, Seconds
  • Mechanism: Automatic Caliber CH 28-520 C movement with 32 jewels, a 55-hour power reserve, and a 28,800vph frequency

Its price increased by at least 45 percent between 2018 and 2023. Moreover, it retains value and can appreciate in value with time.

About

Still on youth and vigor, the Aquanaut Chronograph is a luxury men’s everyday watch with lots of it. It’s modeled after the Patek Philippe Nautilus and takes the Aquanaut collection’s casual look to a new level as it’s the first Aquanaut with a chronograph function. Its expert combination of steel, a black dial with orange details, and a sporty strap appeals to the adventurous (young) gentleman.


4. Patek Philippe Complications Annual Calendar – Stainless Steel, Blue Dial ref. 4947/1A-001

Patek Philippe Complications Annual Calendar- Stainless Steel, Blue Dial ref. 4947_1A-001

  • Retail Price: S$70,157
  • Market Average: S$50,428
  • Secondary Market Dealer: S$56,134

The main ones are a blue dial with a special vertical and horizontal satin-finish (‘shantung’ finish), a smooth sloping bezel, a month display at 2-4 o’clock, a moon phase indicator at 6 o’clock, and a days-of-the-week display at 8-10 o’clock.

  • Production Year: 2021
  • Case Size: 38mm
  • Materials
    • Dial: Blue, with a ‘shantung’ finish, lumed gold leaf-shaped hands, and applied gold Arabic numeral hour markers
    • Bracelet: Five-link, stainless steel, with a foldover clasp
    • Bezel: Fixed, smooth, polished, smooth sloping, stainless steel
  • Function: Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Annual Calendar (Day, Month, Date) Moon Phase
  • Mechanism: Self-winding Caliber 26-330 S QA LU movement with 34 jewels, a 45-hour power reserve, and a 28,800vph frequency

It marks a crucial step in PP’s Annual Calendar history, making it a must-have among most watch collectors. Moreover, its price has increased by approximately 30 percent between 2021 and May 6, 2024.

About

This Complications Annual Calendar is a unisex luxury dress timepiece that marks an important step in the Annual Calendar collection: It’s the first watch in the catalog offered in stainless steel! Its stainless steel-midnight blue dial design echoes its uniqueness and well-calculated craftsmanship.


5. Patek Philippe Calatrava Automatic Date – White Gold, Black Dial ref. 5227G-010

Patek Philippe Calatrava Automatic Date- White Gold, Black Dial ref. 5227G-010

  • Retail Price: S$54,691
  • Market Average: S$36,919
  • Secondary Market Dealer: S$40,614

They include a sapphire caseback with an invisibly hinged dust cover, a date window at 3 o’clock, a black lacquered dial, sharp dauphine hands, and tiny dots around the dial’s rim that denote minutes.

  • Production Year: 2013
  • Case Size: 39mm
  • Materials
    • Dial: Black, lacquered, with sharp silver-tone dauphine hands and index hour markers
    • Bracelet: Black alligator leather strap with a white gold prong buckle
    • Bezel: Fixed, smooth, white gold
  • Function: Date, Hours, Minutes, Second
  • Mechanism: Automatic Caliber 26-330 S C movement with 30 jewels, a 45-hour power reserve, and a 28,800vph frequency

It retains value and prestige well over time and may appreciate in value if sold in good condition.

About

The Automatic Date is a luxury men’s dress watch. It carries the legacy of the Calatrava series, known for its classic round shape and exquisite craftsmanship while boasting unique qualities like a larger case size (than most previous models), a beautiful lacquered dial, and a caseback with a special protection feature.


6. Patek Philippe Aquanaut Date – Stainless Steel, Black Dial ref. 5167A-001

Patek Philippe Aquanaut Date- Stainless Steel, Black Dial ref. 5167A-001

  • Retail Price: S$33,083
  • Market Average: S$68,670
  • Secondary Market Dealer: S$77,179

They include a geosphere guilloche pattern on its dial, Arabic numeral hour markers, a ‘Tropical’ rubber strap, a rounded octagonal case, and a date display at 3 o’clock.

  • Production Year: 2007
  • Case Size: 40.8mm
  • Materials
    • Dial: Black, with a geosphere guilloche pattern, luminescent baton-style hands, and Arabic numeral hour markers
    • Bracelet: Black ‘Tropical’ strap made of a composite material with a foldover clasp
    • Bezel: Fixed, smooth, rounded octagonal, stainless steel
  • Function: Date, Hours, Mminutes, Seconds
  • Mechanism: Self-winding Caliber 26-330 S C movement

According to WatchBase, its price increased between 2007 and 2012, starting at S$13,693 on June 6, 2007, and rising to S$16,942 on April 1, 2010, and S$23,002 on March 1, 2012.

About

The Aquanaut Date is a luxury men’s sports watch that blends Patek Philippe’s rich horological heritage with modern aesthetics. It also has an improved design characterized by a stronger strap, a less-crowded dial, and a more defined date display on its dial.


7. Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse – Rose Gold, Ebony Black ref. 5738R-001

Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse- Rose Gold, Ebony Black ref. 5738R-001

  • Retail Price: S$49,928
  • Market Average: S$35,897
  • Secondary Market Dealer: S$39,709

The key ones are an elliptical case design (a cross between a circle and a rectangle), a winding crown with a black onyx cabochon, an ebony black dial with a sunburst finish, rose gold index hour markers, and a solid caseback.

  • Production Year: 2018
  • Case Size: 34.5mm x 39.5mm
  • Materials
    • Dial: Ebony black, with a sunburst finish, slender rose gold hands, and applied index hour markers
    • Bracelet: Black alligator leather strap with a rose gold prong buckle
    • Bezel: Fixed, smooth, slim, well-polished, rose gold
  • Function: Hours, Minutes
  • Mechanism: Ultra-thin self-winding Caliber 240 movement with 27 jewels, a 48-hour power reserve (min), and a 21,600vph frequency

Investing in a Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse is an opportunity to own a piece of horological artistry that appreciates in value and prestige. It’s an emblem of heritage and technical finesse in watchmaking.

About

The Golden Ellipse is a luxury time-only watch with a unique case design and story. It was released to celebrate the Golden Ellipse collection’s 50th anniversary and flaunts a larger and more slender case. It’s recognized for its pure lines and simplicity, reflecting Patek Philippe’s exceptional artistry.


8. Patek Philippe Aquanaut Travel Time – Stainless Steel, Black Dial ref. 5164A-001

Patek Philippe Aquanaut Travel Time- Stainless Steel, Black Dial ref. 5164A-001

  • Retail Price: S$57,614
  • Market Average: S$96,442
  • Secondary Market Dealer: S$104,302

They include a date display at 6 o’clock, an aperture between 3 and 4 o’clock displaying home time, an aperture between 8 and 9 o’clock displaying local time (Night/day indicators for both local and home time), a skeletonized hand that indicates the home time, and a small button at 4 o’clock for correcting the date.

  • Production Year: 2012
  • Case Size: 40.8mm
  • Materials
    • Dial: Black, with an embossed pattern, luminescent baton-style hands, and Arabic numeral hour markers
    • Bracelet: Black ‘Tropical’ composite strap with an embossed pattern and an Aquanaut double deployant clasp
    • Bezel: Fixed, smooth, stainless steel
  • Function: Date, Hours, Minutes, Seconds, GMT, Day/Night Indication
  • Mechanism: Automatic Caliber 324 S C FUS with 29 jewels, a 45-hour power reserve, and a 28,800vph frequency

It’s a discontinued Patek watch, increasing its appeal among most watch collectors. Moreover, its appreciation in value over time makes it a desirable asset for many watch collectors and aficionados.

About

The Aquanaut Travel Time is a discontinued luxury men’s everyday watch with a harmonious blend of casual elegance and technical prowess. Its design intertwines a sporty aesthetic with the functionality needed for today’s (male) globetrotters seeking a capable horological companion.


9. Patek Philippe Complications Annual Calendar – White Gold, Silvery Opaline Dial ref. 5396G-011

Patek Philippe Complications Annual Calendar- White Gold, Silvery Opaline Dial ref. 5396G-011

  • Retail Price: S$77,626
  • Market Average: S$46,067
  • Secondary Market Dealer: S$49,996

They include an AM/PM indicator (in 24-hour mode) subdial at 6 o’clock, a date window at 6 o’clock, day and month display windows under 12 o’clock, a silvery opaline dial, and a dot-style minute track around the dial’s rim.

  • Production Year: 2012
  • Case Size: 38.5mm
  • Materials
    • Dial: Silvery opaline, with gold dauphine-style hands and applied bullet-style hour markers
    • Bracelet: Black alligator leather strap with square scales and a deployant buckle clasp
    • Bezel: Fixed, smooth, white gold
  • Function: Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Annual Calendar (Day, Date, Month), Moon Phase, 24-hour Indicator
  • Mechanism: Self-winding mechanical Caliber 324 S QA LU 24H movement with 34 jewels, a 45-hour power reserve, and a 28,800vph frequency

It’s a piece of legacy that holds its value due to its brand reputation, craftsmanship, and scarcity. Additionally, its price has increased by about 15 percent between its production and April 2024.

About

This Complications Annual Calendar model is a discontinued luxury men’s watch. It set the groundwork for its 2016 follower but sets itself apart with its eye-catching dial with golden details, smooth design, and supple, comfortable strap that gives it a nice feeling around the wrist.


10. Patek Philippe Calatrava – White Gold, Textured Charcoal Gray Dial ref. 5226G-001

Patek Philippe Calatrava- White Gold, Textured Charcoal Gray Dial ref. 5226G-001

  • Retail Price: S$54,691
  • Market Average: S$52,153
  • Secondary Market Dealer: S$58,074

They include hands and hour markers with faux vintage lume, a Clous de Paris pattern on the case band, a dial with a textured charcoal gray pattern, a date display at 3 o’clock, and a sapphire crystal caseback.

  • Production Year: 2022
  • Case Size: 40mm
  • Materials
    • Dial: Textured charcoal gray, with a black gradient rim, and lumed ‘syringe’ hands and applied Arabic numeral hour markers
    • Bracelet: Beige calfskin strap with a nubuck finish and a white gold prong buckle
    • Bezel: Fixed, smooth, white gold
  • Function: Date, Hours, Minutes, Seconds
  • Mechanism: Self-winding Caliber 26-330 S C movement

Its price has increased by at least 25% between 2022 and January 2024. Plus, it retains its value well with time and can even appreciate in value if maintained properly.

About

The Calatrava Date is a luxury men’s entry-level everyday watch. It continues the collection’s journey to modern excellence, maintaining the line’s design ethos while infusing some upgrades such as a graphic dial and repositioning of the hobnail pattern to appeal to the modern adventurer with a taste for style and sophistication.


Summary

The following table highlights the affordable Patek Philippe watches above, plus their key features, retail, private market, and pre-owned prices:

Model

Key Features

Retail Price

Private Market Price

Pre-Owned Price

Patek Philippe Calatrava ref. 6119G-001

  • Clous de Paris bezel
  • Small seconds subdial at 6 o’clock
  • Railway-track minute scale around the dial’s rim with tiny dots every five minutes

S$43,447

S$36,855

S$40,277

Patek Philippe Calatrava ref. 6007G-001

  • Arabic numeral hour markers
  • Date window at 3 o’clock
  • Dial with an embossed carbon pattern at the center

S$51,498

S$46,723

S$47,998

Patek Philippe Aquanaut Chronograph ref. 5968A-001

  • Rounded octagonal bezel
  • Porthole-shaped case
  • Black dial with grooves resembling the earth’s latitude and longitude lines

S$74,852

S$157,088

S$179,647

Patek Philippe Complications Annual Calendar ref. 4947/1A-001

  • Blue dial with a special vertical and horizontal satin-finish (‘shantung’ finish)
  • Month display at 2-4 o’clock
  • Days-of-the-week display at 8-10 o’clock

S$70,157

S$50,428

S$56,134

Patek Philippe Calatrava Automatic Date ref. 5227G-010

  • Sapphire caseback with an invisibly-hinged dust cover
  • Black lacquered dial
  • Sharp dauphine hands

S$54,691

S$36,919

S$40,614

Patek Philippe Aquanaut Date ref. 5167A-001

  • Geosphere guilloche pattern on its dial
  • ‘Tropical’ rubber strap
  • Rounded octagonal case

S$33,083

S$68,670

S$77,179

Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse ref. 5738R-001

  • Elliptical case design (cross between a circle and rectangle)
  • Winding crown with a black onyx cabochon
  • Ebony black dial with a sunburst finish

S$49,928

S$35,897

S$39,709

Patek Philippe Aquanaut Travel Time ref. 5164A-001

  • Aperture between 3 and 4 o’clock displaying home time
  • Aperture between 8 and 9 o’clock displaying local time
  • Skeletonized hand that indicates the home time

S$57,614

S$96,442

S$104,302

Patek Philippe Complications Annual Calendar ref. 5396G-011

  • AM/PM indicator (in 24 hr mode) subdial at 6 o’clock
  • Day and month display windows under 12 o’clock
  • Silvery opaline dial

S$77,626

S$46,067

S$49,996

Patek Philippe Calatrava ref. 5226G-001

  • Hands and hour markers with faux vintage lume
  • Clous de Paris pattern on the case band
  • Textured charcoal gray pattern

S$54,691

S$52,153

S$58,074

Tips on Purchasing New vs. Pre-owned Watches

When considering the purchase of a Patek Philippe watch, whether new or pre-owned, there are several factors to consider. Here are some essential tips for both options:

Buying a New Patek Philippe Watch

  • Authorized Dealers and Boutiques: Always buy from a reputable dealer or directly from a Patek Philippe watch brand boutique. This ensures the watch’s authenticity and entitles you to a full manufacturer’s warranty.
  • Warranty and Services: New watches come with a warranty, usually covering two years or more, which is valuable for such an expensive purchase.
  • Latest Models and Customization: Buying new gives you access to the latest models and the option to customize certain aspects like straps or personal engraving directly from the manufacturer.
  • Price Premiums: Be aware that new models can sometimes carry a price premium, especially for popular or limited edition models that might exceed retail prices due to high demand.

Buying a Pre-Owned Patek Philippe Watch

  • Reputable Sources: Purchase from reputable dealers, auction houses, or platforms specializing in luxury watches. Look for sellers with high ratings, excellent reviews, and a transparent process.
  • Authentication: Verify the authenticity of the watch. This can often require an expert’s evaluation. Ask for any available paperwork, original boxes, and service history.
  • Condition: Assess the condition carefully. Check for original parts and ensure there is no significant damage or alterations. Pre-owned watches may have some wear, but they should function perfectly.
  • Price Comparison: Pre-owned watches can offer significant savings compared to new ones. However, rare or vintage Patek Philippe pocket watches may carry a premium. Always compare the asking price with current market values.
  • After-Sales Service: Consider the availability and cost of servicing a pre-owned watch. Servicing a luxury watch can be expensive, but it is crucial for maintaining its functionality and value.

General Advice for Both Options

  • Research: Do your homework on the affordable Patek Philippe watch you are interested in. Know its features, market pricing, and any common issues or special details about its history or mechanism.
  • Long-term Value: Patek watches are renowned for holding or appreciating in value over time. Consider this as an investment and think about how the model you choose is likely to perform in the future.
  • Insurance: Due to their high value, it’s wise to insure your Patek Philippe watch against theft, loss, or damage.

FAQs

1. How much is an entry level Patek Philippe?

The Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5167A is currently one of the most accessible entry-level options, priced at approximately S$33,000. It combines casual elegance with technical excellence, offering a more affordable entry point into the brand.

2. How cheap can you get a Patek Philippe?

One may find that the term “cheap” is relative when it comes to Patek Philippe, as their watches represent prestige and high-end craftsmanship. Yet, models such as the Calatrava 6007G can be considered among the more affordable options, admired for their detail and elegance.

3. Is Rolex cheaper than Patek?

Generally, Rolex watches offer a wider range of prices than Patek Philippe. While some Rolex models are less expensive than the cheapest Patek Philippe, the brand also has timepieces that rival Patek Philippe’s prices. Rolex is known to be more commercially accessible, while Patek Philippe remains an exemplar of exclusivity.

4. Is Patek Philippe worth it?

The worth of a Patek Philippe watch is often measured beyond its price tag. It’s an investment in a piece of horological art known for its ability to retain, and often increase, its value. For collectors and enthusiasts, a Patek Philippe watch represents the pinnacle of watchmaking excellence and is considered a significant, worthwhile investment.

Final Word

While affordability is relative, particularly when it comes to luxury watches, it’s important to be knowledgeable about market dynamics. Understand the brand’s offerings so you can make an informed decision.

Key Takeaways

  • Patek Philippe is renowned for its luxury watches and maintains a reputation for premium pricing. However, affordable watches are available for those who aspire to own a piece from their prestigious collection.
  • Entry-level Patek Philippe prices begin at around S$33,000, offering a more accessible point for watch enthusiasts.
  • While these models are more affordable, they still feature the exquisite craftsmanship and horological complexity Patek Philippe is known for, such as moon phase indicators and annual calendars.

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