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actually AP is about half approx. 40k watches per year. seems crazy low right ?

But did production really go down to 1/3? holy moly.
It did. I was at the Hourglass yesterday, the second floor, which is devoted to Patek and AP, was practically empty. The AP cabinet lights weren’t even on, so no pretence of stock tucked away. My enquires lead to a conversation and being told AP annual production for 2020 was, indeed, 14000. Having thought i misheard asked for clarification: 14000.
 

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It did. I was at the Hourglass yesterday, the second floor, which is devoted to Patek and AP, was practically empty. The AP cabinet lights weren’t even on, so no pretence of stock tucked away. My enquires lead to a conversation and being told AP annual production for 2020 was, indeed, 14000. Having thought i misheard asked for clarification: 14000.
holy moly that's crazy low. compared to rolex it's super niche
 

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looking to the forum for help - where would you suggest i go to for sourcing a relatively obscure (late 1990s) Patek Philippe?
 

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Thank you for correcting my post. I knew there was an issue with the movements on earlier version of the Tortue MP, and clearly my recollection of whether those movements got replaced or modified was off. One might hope that once the modifications were made to the movement, that there would be no further need for modifications, and possibly the cost of service might not be quite as high the next time around. However, if its another 20 years between services, who knows what service costs will be by then. That being said, not sure if you serviced your watch in the US or abroad, but if serviced in the US, I would imagine the turn around time was due largely to the complexity of the movement and the parts needing to be replaced. The last Cartier watch we sent into Cartier for service (Pre-Covid times), was my wife's automatic Tank Francaise. They had it back to us in just under 4 weeks, and the cost was about $150 less than a servicing a 16570 Rolex Explorer II that I had Rolex NY service around the same time.
It was serviced in Switzerland. I was told at the time that it could only be serviced there. Hopefully it won't need another service for a long while so I won't have to find out what the cost might be now!
 

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looking to the forum for help - where would you suggest i go to for sourcing a relatively obscure (late 1990s) Patek Philippe?
probably good idea to go to the rolexforum in the PP thread. which model? have you checked on chrono24, should at least be a start.
 

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If you are keen on someone finding it for you, you could reach out to Albert at European watch company in Boston or the folks at Michael Ashton in NYC and they could probably help you find it (though not cheaply).

looking to the forum for help - where would you suggest i go to for sourcing a relatively obscure (late 1990s) Patek Philippe?
 

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Google. ;)

Which model (iteration thereof) are you after?
probably good idea to go to the rolexforum in the PP thread. which model? have you checked on chrono24, should at least be a start.
If you are keen on someone finding it for you, you could reach out to Albert at European watch company in Boston or the folks at Michael Ashton in NYC and they could probably help you find it (though not cheaply).
Thanks all - I’m looking for the PP 5080 with the salmon dial, have checked all the usual places Chrono24, watch box, eBay and google etc.
 

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Thanks all - I’m looking for the PP 5080 with the salmon dial, have checked all the usual places Chrono24, watch box, eBay and google etc.
Put a request in with A Collected Man or similar site. As you’ll know that model was not in production for terribly long and was not at all popular within it‘s limited run.
As it happens, you missed one auctioned through Phillips last year... or was it 2019... I’m not even sure last year happened.
I‘lol have to check my history, but rather sure i came across one on a European reseller site. I’ll PM you if i find it.
 

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Put a request in with A Collected Man or similar site. As you’ll know that model was not in production for terribly long and was not at all popular within it‘s limited run.
As it happens, you missed one auctioned through Phillips last year... or was it 2019... I’m not even sure last year happened.
I‘lol have to check my history, but rather sure i came across one on a European reseller site. I’ll PM you if i find it.
Thanks - yes aware of that, I missed out on a really well priced one on watchfinder. Have reached out to ACM but they dont do sourcing - if you come across it a PM would be really kind, thanks
 

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Thanks - yes aware of that, I missed out on a really well priced one on watchfinder. Have reached out to ACM but they dont do sourcing - if you come across it a PM would be really kind, thanks
Sorry, was ladies model on 1st Dibs
 

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It was serviced in Switzerland. I was told at the time that it could only be serviced there. Hopefully it won't need another service for a long while so I won't have to find out what the cost might be now!
Based on the complexity of that specific movement and the changes that had to be made, I'm not surprised that it had to go back to Switzerland. Wishing you many years of happy trouble free enjoyment from your watch.
 

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