What Makes a Watch Worth $24 million?

Patek Philippe Pocket Watch

Patek Philippe Pocket Watch

Every so often the market for collectables grabs headlines, and what better way to kick off the shopping season this year than with a few notable observations on that market. A Patek Philippe pocket watch traded this month for a record price of $24 million. The watch last traded in 1999 for $11,000,000, and has given that buyer a return on their investment of 118%.¬† Crafted in 1925, the pocket watch contains over 900 component pieces and is made with 24 karat gold weighing in at 0.45 kg or 15.8 ounces. This is no small watch. The gold it contains is worth $18,000 at today’s prices. The ad on TV that offers to buy my old gold might be tempting but what makes up the remaining $23,982,000 in value for this watch?

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