At Patek Philippe, Sometimes Fame Just Isn’t Enough

Imagine you are on the waiting list for a Patek Philippe Nautilus — a wait that might be eight or even 10 years long, but at least you’re in line.

Then you see an Instagram post from a Patek fan questioning whether the model is being discontinued.

It turns out to be true. And suddenly the watch that you had expected to buy new for around $33,700 is available only on the secondhand market, selling for as much as $180,000. You would likely be surprised, unhappy — even angry.

And those were the responses of much of the watch world last month when @patekaholic, as Jasem al-Zeraei is known to his 344,000

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