Sell Your Philippe Dufour Watch
Philippe Dufour is rightfully acknowledged as one of this century’s best practitioners of traditional finishing. His style is informed by the history of the Vallée de Joux, the fabled home of Swiss watchmaking. As the sole pre-owned seller endorsed by the watchmaker, we have spent time speaking with the man and studying several of the small number of watches he has created ever since he went independent in 1992.
The time Dufour spent at Jaeger-LeCoultre, Audemars Piguet, and restoring historical timepieces spurred him on to create under his own name. His very first piece, the Grande et Petite Sonnerie, a chiming complication hitherto not seen in wristwatches, announced his intention. Since then, Dufour has gone on to create a small number of watches, applying the level of craft and detail found in his complicated pieces, to even his most mechanically simple watches.
“When you are small, you must do something special to stand out”
WHY SELL YOUR WATCH WITH US
Our relationship with Philippe Dufour has placed us in a unique position in the industry for those looking to buy, sell and learn more about Dufour’s watches.
We were the first online retailer to offer a Simplicity and have since gone on to sell more than 10 of the watchmaker’s limited number of pieces. Several of these attracted record prices when they were sold. This includes a Grand et Petit Sonnerie sold for $7.63m, the highest sale price for a watch by an independent maker. The record still stands.
We feel very privileged to have this type of relationship with Philippe Dufour, and remain the only endorsed seller of his pre-owned watches.
A notable sale
One of the most impressive wristwatches ever made, the Grande et Petite Sonnerie is not just Dufour's earliest creation under his own name but also his most historically significant. Only eight examples were ever made, with this configuration unique amongst them.
In 2021, A Collected Man sold the watch for $7.63m, a world record price for a wristwatch made by an independent watchmaker.