Why Double Seal Patek still exists in 2023???

May 20, 2023,06:25 AM

I was at Christie's auction preview and saw this 5726/1A under double seal. The sales date is FEB 2023, less than 2 months old.

Does Patek allow this double-seal practice again?

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Because my son , the game is rigged

 By: watch-guy.com : May 20th, 2023-08:49
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Patek definitely doesn’t approve of this practice …

 By: Cpt Scarlet : May 20th, 2023-09:44
Clearly the work of a rogue AD.
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As it’s a Nautilus …

 By: Cpt Scarlet : May 20th, 2023-19:46
The AD has just walked the plank 💦 😉
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If you go inside the thread, or of course to the auction listing, you’ll find the name of the well-known AD involved in this sale, just to get a sense (I eliminated that picture from the OP, since this shouldn’t be the purpose of this thread).

 By: FabR : May 21st, 2023-06:26
I’m all for (actual, non-substantive!) due process, and I am sure this AD will be given a fair chance to explain their position. But it is hard for me to envision a realistic scenario in which this sale should have taken place😄 Cheers.
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I think the AD will be offered …

 By: Cpt Scarlet : May 21st, 2023-09:21
A blindfold and a last cigarette 🤷🏼‍♂️
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 By: TeutonicCarFan : May 20th, 2023-12:28
I remember when lightly used 5826 on leather was 32k. Was going to get one but at the time too much for me to spend.
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For plastic collectors only.

 By: amanico : May 20th, 2023-14:13
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No kidding.

 By: BigFatPauli : May 20th, 2023-14:16
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 By: amanico : May 20th, 2023-17:16
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 By: amanico : May 20th, 2023-17:16
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 By: FabR : May 21st, 2023-05:15
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Since I am a fairly new to this very high horology stuff,

 By: kulismilan : May 21st, 2023-02:37
please can anybody explain to me a meaning of this packing?
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This packaging (double-sealed) means that the

 By: GLau : May 21st, 2023-04:33
watch was sold to the buyer without the AD opening the wrappings at all. Such inaction by the AD is against Patek's policies because an unsealed watch is conducive to "flipping", such as this situation.
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Horology stuff, high or low, should be enjoyed on the wrist, not left sealed in a box as a mere investment.

 By: FabR : May 21st, 2023-05:54
For this simple reason, it’s been several years that Patek Philippe requires its ADs to fully unseal a watch (both the outer and the inner packaging) before consigning it to its owner. The outer box should then be discarded. That being said, unfortunately... 
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Your post aroused me to go to the Christie’s preview and I was totally

 By: GLau : May 25th, 2023-16:37
SHOCKED 😳 by the huge number of double sealed recent years Pateks sold by a BIG AD ! 😭 ...  
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The AD doesn’t even bother to cover their details?

 By: The Wellingtonian : May 25th, 2023-19:06
My AD keeps even the plastic wrappers 😂😂 never mind those boxes. They are very strict about it. Not a pleasant thing to say but makes you wonder if these were sold above the RRP right?
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FYI, at the viewing, there is a book that shows photocopies of the certificates to demonstrate authenticity.

 By: GLau : May 26th, 2023-19:20
The owners' names and addresses are covered off but not the ADs.
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Mind boggling!!

 By: The Wellingtonian : May 27th, 2023-02:27
What can I say. Very disappointing.
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 By: Patekfinity : May 25th, 2023-20:06
All of these are from the SAME AD?? Wow!! Maybe they know they are being axed just like that other guy who sold the 5711 green dial sealed! 😂
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Yes, as far as I could check the double-sealed ones were mostly from

 By: GLau : May 26th, 2023-19:22
one AD which is a large one and is not on the chopping board.
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 By: serali : May 28th, 2023-05:03
I was there as well.... What an eye-opening experience
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Eye 👁️ opening in

 By: GLau : May 28th, 2023-14:31
what way ?
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Rules don't apply to those sperical connected Bankers.

 By: WatchNerd : May 29th, 2023-03:32
We have to follow the rules and wait...... Did you see the guy got 3 steel Aqu from the oldest AD (Central, HK) in 1 week on Nov. 2022. They dated the certificate 3 continuous day in a row. That looked so bad for that famous AD.
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Shameful dealers and short sighted watchmakers.

 By: Paul W : May 30th, 2023-17:07
The whole idea of people enjoying beautiful watches has been abandoned.
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