Many male watch enthusiasts would love to give that special lady in their life a fine watch, even if they don’t share our enthusiasm. This Patek Philippe “Twenty~4” pushes all the right buttons on both side of the equation: A real Patek, with diamonds no less, in wearable form and affordable thanks to a quartz movement and steel case.
Update: Conditional knockdown at a very respectable €4,000 (that’s €5,460 or $5,950 all-in)
Women enthusiasts often enjoy lower prices because the market for small dress watches is softer than the red-hot chunky sports watch universe. Although many women love sports watches and share a passion for horology, it seems that most do not. Instead, they prefer something dressy, preferably with diamonds, and tend not to be too interested in a mechanical movement.
My “go-to” women’s watches are the Chopard Happy Diamonds line and this, the Patek Philippe Twenty-4. Both are true horological pieces with pedigree and respect, yet both also come with affordable price tags and plenty of class.
With respect to the Chopard, it’s hard to beat a Patek Philippe, however. Just look at that gorgeous face and classy bracelet! And the lines of diamonds on each side add enough “wow” without tipping over into “bling”.
The “Twenty~4” (as Patek styles the name) has been in production since 1999, making it recognizable yet current. The steel case and quartz movement keep prices down, as does the “ladies’ watch discount”. A medium-sized steel Twenty-4 like this one has an MSRP of $13k and would typically sell for near that new. Used, they tend to fetch $6k-$8k in decent shape. This one at Auctionata starts at €2,400 on January 14, and seeing as how it went unsold last year I expect it will fetch under €4k. After (exorbitant) fees, shipping, and exchange this puts it just under $6k out the door.