An interesting find in my recent China travels

This automatic Patek Philippe watch was discovered in the southern city of Guangzhou at an interesting market I know of that deals in various antiques, some “antiques” and a whole lotta high end watches if you know where to look and ask.

The watch was in very good condition, probably seldom worn, and came with the original paperwork & box from Patek Philippe. Also an interesting story behind the the organization that commissioned the engraving and issuance of the watch that can found here:

Though a bit small at about 35mm, I was attracted to its simplicity and classic styling. Look at the beautiful movement, too – one of Patek’s most famous and beautiful! Though I’m not a big fan of the integrated ’70s style bracelets, this fine mesh one didn’t bother me that much as it had more play than other integrated Patek bracelets I’ve tried on from that era



A special edition PAM21 in Pt950 (on right, with vintage Rolex pocket watch movement) posing with its big brother, the original deal from the ’40s. Spotted in Hong Kong many years ago. I believe both are six figure watches now…if you can find one

PAM 21 movementVintage Radiomir and re-issue