Quick Take

This morning, Only Watch unveiled most of the watches that will be sold to benefit research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy this November, and boy are there some cool pieces. At the top of the heap though is the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime ref. 6300A. This is Patek's most complicated wristwatch rendered in a stainless steel case with a salmon dial up front (and a black dial on the back). Plain and simple, that's just awesome. Even if the Grandmaster Chime isn't a watch you'd think about wearing it has a multi-million-dollar price tag and is 47.7mm across this is one you should be paying attention to.*
In case you need a refresher, the Grandmaster Chime was first introduced in 2014 as the reference 5175R to celebrate Patek Philippe's 175th anniversary (you can see some video and hands-on photos with that original piece here). Only seven pieces were made and each cost $2.6 million.*Then, in March 2016, Patek shocked everyone and brought the watch back as the reference 6300G, which was technically identical to but aesthetically a little simpler than its earlier cousin. This unique piece is the first time that the Grandmaster Chime has been made in a non-precious metal and it even has an on-the-nose signature in the sub-dial at 12 o'clock that reads "The Only One," just in case you were in doubt.
Initial Thoughts

Patek Philippe watches at Only Watch are basically sure-fire home runs. If you look back to 2015, you'll find the stainless steel ref. 5016, which sold for CHF 7.3 million, making it the most expensive wristwatch in the world at the time. The very next go-around, in 2017, a titanium ref. 5208 pulled in a still-strong CHF 6.2 million, confirming what we already knew: Unique Patek Philippe watches in non-precious metals are catnip for serious collectors and will command top-dollar. While the ref. 6300 isn't quite as popular amongst collectors as either the 5016 or 5208, it's still hard to imagine in a world in which this watch doesn't exceed its $2 million to $2.5 million estimate by a serious margin and set the high watermark for watches at Only Watch 2019 overall.
As far as the watch itself goes, it tells us that Patek is paying attention to what's driving collectors these days. Sure, putting this watch in a steel case might seem obvious, but opting for the salmon dial is what tips the scales in my opinion.*Previous versions of the 6300G have been available with a black dial or a blue dial, so going in this on-trend direction is a nice departure that will make sure everyone knows this watch is the unique variant. If the fervor generated by the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak ref. 15202BC with a salmon dial is any indicator, this should help get those paddles flying in November.
The Basics

Brand: Patek Philippe
Model: Grandmaster Chime
Reference Number: 6300A
Diameter: 47.7mm
Thickness: 16.07mm
Case Material: Stainless steel
Dial Color: Salmon
Indexes: Arabic numerals
Lume: None
Strap/Bracelet: Black alligator leather strap
The Movement

Caliber: Caliber 300 GS AL 36-750 QIS FUS IRM
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, perpetual calendar with date, day, month, leap year, year, and moonphase indicators), 24-hour hand, day/night indicator, grande sonnerie, petite sonnerie, minute repeater, date repeater, alarm.
Diameter: 37mm
Power Reserve: 72 hours
Winding: Manual
Frequency: 3.5 Hz (25,200 vph)
Pricing & Availability

Price: Estimated at $2,000,000 to $2,500,000
Availability: At Only Watch auction on November 9, 2019, in Geneva
Limited Edition: Unique Piece
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