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Patek Philippe Ref. 725 Perpetual Calendar Pocket Watch

by on July 22nd, 2011

Patek Philippe Ref. 725 Perpetual Calendar Astronomical Pocket Watch

While big timepieces are the style today, some watches capture the hearts of generation after generation of collectors.

Our Patek Philippe astronomical, perpetual calendar is a “best of best”: where you’ve surpassed the end of the scale to measure greatness. In a format this grand, all the months of the leap year cycle are bold; the enamel night sky and golden moon vivid.

In pristine condition from 1951, one of Patek’s best is ready to be engraved for the first time ever.

Seen at right: Patek Philippe perpetual calendar keyless, open-faced pocket watch (ref. 725), featuring a m. 17”’-170, rhodium-plated with “fausses-côtes” decoration, 18 jewels, straight line lever escapement, adjusted for heat, cold, isochronism and 5 positions, blued steel Breguet balance spring with swan neck regulator; three-body, “variée carrure plate” with a concave bezel; silver dial with applied gold Arabic numerals and gold “feuille” hands; perpetual calendar complication with sub-dials for days-of-the-week, month with leap year indication, date and seconds with moon-phase display aperture; and 46mm, 18k yellow gold case with a polished gold case back.

Tom Brady & Betteridge Sell Watches for Charity

by on November 4th, 2010

Movado Tom Brady Limited Edition Chronograph, 18k Rose Gold, $17,500

Movado Tom Brady Limited Edition Chronograph, 18k Rose Gold, $17,500, comes with handwritten note from Tom about the watch

Over the last few years, it has been my privilege to get to know Tom Brady. He is an extraordinarily talented athlete for sure, but something many people may not know about him is just how wonderfully generous he is as well.

Best Buddies

A few days ago, Tom, an avid watch aficionado, asked me if I would help him sell two of his most treasured possessions to benefit one of his beloved charities:

Best Buddies is a non-profit organization “dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).”

All of Betteridge’s proceeds from these sales will go to this fine charity.

If you are interested in purchasing either of these spectacular timepieces, please call me at (203)869-0124, e-mail me at, or come visit Betteridge at 117 Greenwich Avenue.

IWC Chronograph Rattrapante, Stainless Steel, $12,500, comes with handwritten note from Tom describing his experience with the watch

IWC Chronograph Rattrapante, Stainless Steel, $12,500, comes with handwritten note from Tom about the watch

You Won’t See These Tickers Anywhere Else

by on September 30th, 2010

A Pendant Watch fit for royalty. Queen Victoria bought a Patek Philippe similar in style to this watch in 1851. This blue enamel and diamond-set pendant watch is a functional objet that brings a little bit of the 19th century to the 21st century.

Shopping for a vintage or estate watch is much like treasure hunting: it involves a little bit of luck and lot of being at the right place at the right time. When you look inside the Betteridge Estate and Vintage Watch case, we make the job a little bit easier for you by putting all our favorite discoveries in one place for you to explore. You never know what you will find, and the value of buying a vintage or pre-owned watch cannot be matched.

As I travel the world looking for the rarest and most exciting timepieces ever made, my goal is to share the same sense of discovery and excitement with you that I feel when finding a uniqye watch. But be warned: the more you learn about watches, the more addicted you will become to the idea of owning a collection yourself! Just take a look at the collectors hovering around our vintage and estate watch case the next time you are in the Greenwich store, and you will understand… When you look inside this wall case, you will be treated to a revolving museum of timepieces ranging from the 1850s to watches made in the 21st century. I emphasize ‘revolving’ because many pieces only sit in the case for a few hours before finding a new home!

Real Men Wear Rose: Patek Philippe Ref. 1579

by on September 30th, 2010

Patek Philippe Ref. 1579

Patek Philippe Ref. 1579, Circa 1946

This Patek Philippe Ref. 1579 was made in 1946 and features a rare rose gold dial in a rose gold case. At 64 years old, this watch is not only one of the best looking chronographs ever made, it is a mechanical work of art that keeps time as well as any modern mechanical wristwatch!

Mechanical Art

by on September 30th, 2010

Shark-like Perfection: Some watches are instant classics the day they are made. This Patek Philippe Ref. 5100J made in the year 2000 is coveted for its ten day movement, large size, and stylistic case shape inspired by the manta ray.

The benefits of buying vintage or estate watches are not just limited to value and the breadth of the collection. With a vintage watch, you are buying a piece of history, a mechanical work of art that will never be made again. Take a look at the case construction of a vintage watch and you will discover the look and feel of an era past. Much like the signature sweeping tail-fins of a vintage car from the 50s or 60s, there are components of vintage watch case design that will never be recreated in the same way. The dials of vintage watches also tell a story about time past – imagine a day when people needed to actually tell the time, and tell others something about themselves. The result was high-quality and high-fashion.

Patek Philippe in the 60’s: It’s Hip to be Square

by on July 31st, 2010

Patek Philippe Ref. 2488

Patek Philippe Ref. 2488, $8,950

During the early 1960s, it was considered very fashionable and even a bit avant-garde to wear a bold, square wristwatch. Stylish men quickly abandoned the traditional, round wristwatch of the 1940’s and 1950’s, inspired by the new futuristic look.

A square watch makes a statement of confidence, style and distinctiveness best represented by the mid-20th century, square-faced Patek Philippe. Iconic watches such as this Ref. 2488, represent enduring value, snappy style and fine timekeeping; and it certainly serves as a great conversation starter at the office or your next cocktail party.

Noisy Watches

by on July 31st, 2010

Patek Philippe 5079J Minute Repeater

Patek Philippe Ref. 5079J Minute Repeater

All the very best things I’ll guard and happily live with.

Recently, we bought a Patek Phillipe minute repeating wrist watch with cathedral gongs; one I can actually hear chime the time with my one good ear: great Patek’s are the meat on John Reardon’s plate, as he continually finds and buys both the rare and the wonderful. I do miss the days when I could hear them tick…

Vintage Watches: Give the Gift of Time

by on May 1st, 2010

Breitling Navitimer & Patek Philippe Ladies' Nautilus

Breitling Navitimer & Patek Philippe Ladies' Nautilus

A vintage watch is a wonderfully appropriate choice for a Mother’s Day or graduation gift. Unique timepieces from the past represent enduring value and timeless design for those we love most.

Highlights from the Betteridge vintage and estate watch collection include Patek Philippe, Cartier, and many other high-end watch brands. From a Breitling Chronomat to an elegant Patek Philippe bracelet watch, each timepiece is poised to become a thoughtful gift that represents the bond between the past, present, and future.

Patek Philippe Ref. 5040: The End of an Era

by on December 1st, 2009

Patek Philippe Ref. 5040P, Retail $91,100

Patek Philippe recently announced that, after an over twenty year production run, it is retiring the Caliber 240 Q perpetual calendar movement, which powers the ref. 3940, as well as this much rarer ref. 5040.

In addition to now being an extremely limited, collector’s piece, the 5040 has one of the most elegant designs of any Patek Philippe model; the tonneau-shaped case is elegantly proportioned so that it always looks great and does not catch under shirt cuffs.

The Patek Philippe Ref. 5059: The Finest Perpetual Calendar Retrograde

by on October 1st, 2009

Vintage Patek Philippe 5059G, $55,000

One of the best parts of my job is being able to see some of the finest watches in the world- often taken in on trade from customers. For instance, last week, we purchased a vintage Patek Philippe ref. 5059.

The 5059 features a perpetual calendar that incorporates a rare and intriguing complication: a retrograde date display. In short, the date is indicated by a hand that progresses along a 240 degree arc between 8 o’clock and 4 o’clock. At midnight on the last day of each month (whether it is the 28th, 30th or 31st!), the hand automatically jumps back to the 1st. Moreover, the watch displays moon phases; the date and month; as well as a leap year indication.

The watch’s elegant 18kt white gold case incorporates an officer’s-style, hinged case back that enables the wearer to see this impressive movement.

My takeaway: at $55,000, this is a great investment for an extremely cool perpetual retrograde.