Breaking News: Tudor Black Bay One Sells For Astonishing SFr375,000

A record was set at Only Watch 2015 when the unique Tudor Black Bay One just sold for SFr375,000, over 100 times the low estimate, making it the most expensive Tudor watch ever, by an enormous margin.

The first and only one-off wristwatch made by Tudor, the Black Bay One is a variant of the brand’s popular vintage-style dive watch. Features like a lollipop seconds hand and gilt dial give the Black Bay One the feel of vintage Submariners. Now the Black Bay One can rival the rarest and most expensive Submariners in value, having just sold for SFr375,000, or US$373,000. With all the proceeds going to a charity that supports finding a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the Black Bay One was one of the most expensive lots of the Only Watch auction, despite having lowest estimate of just SFr3500 to SFr4500, equivalent to its retail price. With the most expensive wristwatch by Rolex (Tudor’s sister company) sold at auction having hammered for SFr1.33 million last year, the Black Bay One is essentially in the same league.

We went hands-on with the record-breaking Black Bay One, see our photos here.

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Breaking News: Patek Phillipe Ref. 5016A “Only Watch” Becomes Most Expensive Wristwatch Ever

At SFr7.3 million.

We predicted this would become the most expensive Patek Philippe wristwatch, and by extension the most expensive wristwatch of any brand ever. That has just come to pass – when the hammer came down at charity auction Only Watch in Geneva, the unique ref. 5016A grand complication in stainless steel had just sold for SFr7.3 million, or US$7.26 million, to a phone bidder represented by Paul Maudsley of Phillips.

With a steel case and enamel dial, the ref. 5016A is a one-off variant of one of the most complicated Patek Philippe wristwatches ever. These qualities made the ref. 5016A the costliest wristwatch ever, and the second most expensive timepiece ever sold at auction, after the Graves supercomplication that sold last year for a cool US$24 million.

The last record holder for most expensive wristwatch sold at auction was the one of a kind Patek Philippe ref. 1527 sold in 2010 for SFr6.3 million, or US$5.7 million. You can find out why this ref. 5016A is so special in the story we published before the auction.


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