The Big Bang Tourbillon Croco from Hublot
Courtesy Hublot

The Big Bang Tourbillon Croco from Hublot

6 Watches That Have Sold For Over $1million

By Sophie Stevens
27 September 2018
Packed with some serious bling and technical finesse, GQ Middle East looks at some of the most expensive and record-breaking timepieces sold on the market today.

1. Paul Newman's Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, reference 6239

Proudly claiming the title as the most expensive wristwatch ever sold at auction is this stainless steel Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, reference 6239, formerly belonging to racing car driver and actor, Paul Newman. Created in 1968 with an off-white dial and tachymeter bezel, it smashed its pre-sale estimate of $1 million to $2 million when it sold for $17,752,500 at Phillips New York last year.

Phillips Paul Newman Rolex Daytona

Paul Newman's Rolex Cosmograph Daytona

2. GE Galaxy, Mouawad

Famous for their gem-encrusted Victoria's Secret bras (as well as some serious jewels), Mouawad is also behind the GE Galaxy timepiece. Fully set with diamonds and rubies, the watch will set you back a cool $1,733,333.

Mouawad Galaxy GE Watch

The GE Galaxy timepiece from Mouawad

3. Big Bang Tourbillon Croco, Hublot

In case you were worried the watch might not be enough, Hublot’s Big Bang Tourbillon Croco is also accompanied by a bullet proof crocodile leather jacket by Karmaloog. Unveiled at Baselworld earlier this year, the timepiece is set with 16.41 carats of baguette-cut diamonds designed as scales, with the reptilian-inspired ultra-luxury duo priced at exactly $1 million.

Hublot Big Bang Tourbillon Croco

Hublot's Big Bang Tourbillon Croco comes with a bullet proof leather jacket

4. RM 25-01 Tourbillon Adventure Sylvester Stallone, Richard Mille

Ok, it doesn’t quite hit the $1 million-mark, but Richard Mille’s 20-piece limited edition RM 25-01 Tourbillon Adventure Sylvester Stallone still definitely deserves a mention. Created in collaboration with the legendary actor, this highly complicated and innovative timepiece is the result of several months’ work and comes with a price tag of $983,000,000.

Richard Mille Tourbillon Adventure Sylvester Stallone

RM 25-01 Tourbillon Adventure Sylvester Stallone from Richard Mille

5. Patek Philippe Reference 1518

In 2016 Phillips set another world record for the highest priced ever achieved for a Patek Philippe wristwatch, when a 1940s stainless steel Patek Reference 1518 perpetual calendar chronograph  (one of only four ever made) sold in Geneva for CHF 11,002,000 (approx. USD $11,369,000).

Phillips Patek Philippe Chronograph

One of only four stainless steel Patek Philippe Reference 1518 models

6. The Henry Graves Supercomplication, Patek Philippe

Completed by Patek Philippe in 1932, this historical watch is the most complicated ever made by human hands before the help of computer-assisted technology. It’s also the most valuable timepiece in auction history, after selling for $24 million at Sotheby’s Geneva in 2014.

Sothebys Henry Graves Supercomplication

The Henry Graves Supercomplication by Patek Philippe currently holds the place as the most valuable timepiece in auction history