Andy Warhol was an American artist who was one of the leaders in the Pop Art movement. He is known for his artistic expression, celebrity culture and advertisement work in the 1960s. He was a well versed artist, using drawing, painting, print making, photography, film and many more in his artwork.
He was much more than an artist. He founded Interview magazine, wrote numerous books, managed (and produced) The Velvet Underground and turned his studio, The Factory, into a well known gathering place for celebrities, drag queens, the wealthy and other artists.
What some people may not know is that he was also a watch collector. Christie’s estimates that Warhol had over 300 watches, including many rare and desirable pieces from Patek Philippe. It has been said that Warhol kept his most prized watches at the center of the canopy that hung over his bed. This, among other stories, adds to the intrigue around Warhol and his mystique.
Patek Philippe 2503
Included in his collection, and currently found at auction is Warhol’s rectangular Ref. 2503 from 1952. This watch was previously part of the “Andy Warhol Collection” auction hosted in 1988 by Sotheby’s. The watch includes noteworthy associated articles, including a hang-tag and sticker from the previous auction as well as a Patek Philippe “Extract from the Archives.”
Features of the Model
- Bunny Ear Lugs
- 18k Yellow Gold Markowsky Case
- Domed Crystal
- Caliber 9-90
The manually wound dress watch is powered by the cal. 9-90, a caliber reserved exclusively fro Patek’s square and rectangular watches. This movement is known as one of the classic Patek calibers, and is finished in traditional Patek Philippe style featuring the Cotes de Geneve adorning the bridges.
The 18k yellow gold case surrounds a beautiful vintage silver dial. The easy to read dial features applied numerals and slender leaf-shaped hands.
This classic style from Patek Philippe will never go out of fashion and was both whimsical and classic even when Warhol donned it on his wrist.
Andy Warhol’s Patek Philippe is just on of over 60 watches included in Christie’s “Time for Spring” auction which happened in April of 2016.